[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 191 (Tuesday, October 2, 2012)]
[Page 60141]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-24033]



Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Notice of Proposed Information Collection; Request for Comments

AGENCY: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) is 
announcing its intention to seek renewed authority to collect 
information for surface coal mining and reclamation operations on 
Federal lands. This collection request has been forwarded to the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The information 
collection request describes the nature of the information collection 
and the expected burden and cost.

DATES: OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information 
collection request but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, public 
comments should be submitted to OMB by November 1, 2012, in order to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Department of the 
Interior Desk Officer, via email at [email protected], or by 
facsimile to (202) 395-5806. Also, please send a copy of your comments 
to John A. Trelease, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and 
Enforcement, 1951 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 203-SIB, Washington, DC 
20240, or electronically to [email protected]. Please reference 1029-
0027 in your correspondence.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To receive a copy of the information 
collection request contact John Trelease at (202) 208-2783, or 
electronically at [email protected]. You may also review this 
information collection request on the Internet by going to http://www.reginfo.gov (Information Collection Review, Currently Under Review, 
Agency is Department of the Interior, DOI-OSMRE).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
regulations at 5 CFR 1320, which implement provisions of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13), require that interested members 
of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on 
information collection and recordkeeping activities [see 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)]. OSM has submitted a request to OMB to renew its approval of 
the collections of information contained in 30 CFR Part 740, Surface 
Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations on Federal Lands. OSM is 
requesting a 3-year term of approval for this information collection 
activity. Responses are required to obtain a benefit.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required 
to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control number for this 
collection of information is 1029-0027.
    As required under 5 CFR 1320.8(d), a Federal Register notice 
soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on 
July 6, 2012 (77 FR 40081). No comments were received. This notice 
provides the public with an additional 30 days in which to comment on 
the following information collection activity:
    Title: 30 CFR Part 740--General requirements for surface coal 
mining and reclamation operations on Federal lands.
    OMB Control Number: 1029-0027.
    Summary: Section 523 of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation 
Act of 1977 requires that a Federal lands program be established to 
govern surface coal mining and reclamation operations on Federal lands. 
The information requested is needed to assist the regulatory authority 
determine the eligibility of an applicant to conduct surface coal 
mining operations on Federal lands.
    Frequency of Collection: Once.
    Description of Respondents: Applicants for surface coal mine 
permits on Federal lands, and State Regulatory Authorities.
    Total Annual Responses: 10.
    Total Annual Burden Hours for Applicants: 645.
    Total Annual Burden Hours for States: 280.
    Total Annual Burden for All Respondents: 925.
    Send comments on the need for the collection of information for the 
performance of the functions of the agency; the accuracy of the 
agency's burden estimates; ways to enhance the quality, utility and 
clarity of the information collection; and ways to minimize the 
information collection burden on respondents, such as use of automated 
means of collection of the information, to the places listed under 
ADDRESSES. Please refer to control number 1029-0027 in all 
    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Dated: September 24, 2012.
Andrew F. DeVito,
Chief, Division of Regulatory Support.
[FR Doc. 2012-24033 Filed 10-1-12; 8:45 am]