[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 35 (Thursday, February 21, 2013)]
[Pages 12088-12089]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03960]



Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Notice of Proposed Information Collection

AGENCY: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior.

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 that the information collection request for our Permanent 
Regulatory Program Requirements--Standards for Certification of 
Blasters, has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for review and approval. This information collection activity was 
previously approved by OMB and assigned control number 1029-0080. This 
information collection request describes the nature of the information 
collection and its expected burden.

DATES: OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information 
collection requests but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, public 
comments should be submitted to OMB by March 25, 2013, to be assured of 

ADDRESSES: Submit comments 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 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 1029-0080 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 the 
information collection request online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow 
the instructions to review Department of the Interior collections under 
review by OMB.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 the 
request to OMB to renew its approval for the collection of information 
found at 30 CFR part 850. OSM is requesting a 3-year term of approval 
for this information collection activity.

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    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 1029-0080, and may be found in OSM's 
regulations at 30 CFR 850.10. Individuals are required to respond to 
obtain a benefit.
    As required under 5 CFR 1320.8(d), a Federal Register notice 
soliciting comments on this collection was published on November 15, 
2012 (77 FR 68148). 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 850--Permanent Regulatory Program Requirements--
Standards for Certification of Blasters.
    OMB Control Number: 1029-0080.
    Summary: The information is used to identify and evaluate new 
blaster certification programs. Part 850 implements Section 719 of the 
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA). Section 719 
requires the Secretary of the Interior to issue regulations which 
provide for each State regulatory authority to train, examine and 
certify persons for engaging in blasting or use of explosives in 
surface coal mining operations. Each State that wishes to certify 
blasters must submit a blasters certification program to OSM for 
    Bureau Form Numbers: None.
    Frequency of Collection: Once.
    Description of Respondents: State regulatory authorities and Indian 
    Total Annual Responses: 1.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 267 hours.
    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 in 
ADDRESSES. Please refer to control number 1029-0080 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: February 15, 2013.
Dennis G. Rice,
Acting Chief, Division of Regulatory Support.
[FR Doc. 2013-03960 Filed 2-20-13; 8:45 am]