[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 167 (Friday, August 28, 2015)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 52236]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-21412]



Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

30 CFR Parts 700, 701, 773, 774, 777, 779, 780, 783, 784, 785, 800, 
816, 817, 824, and 827

[Docket ID: OSM-2010-0018; OSM-2010-0021; OSM-2015-0002 S1D1 
SS08011000SX064A000156S180110; S2D2SS08011000SX064A00015X501520]
RIN 1029-AC63

Stream Protection Rule

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

ACTION: Notice of public hearings.


SUMMARY: We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 
(OSMRE), are announcing the schedule for public hearings on the 
proposed Stream Protection Rule and the accompanying Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

DATES: We will be holding public hearings on the proposed rule and DEIS 
on September 1, 3, 10, 15, and 17, 2015 at the locations listed in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

ADDRESSES: See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for 
the addresses at which we will hold the public hearings on the proposed 
rule and DEIS.

Jessica Villanueva, 1999 Broadway, Suite 3320, Denver, Colorado 80201, 
Phone: (303) 293-5057
Robert Evans, 2675 Regency Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40503, Phone: 
(859) 260-3902
Len Meier, 501 Belle Street, Room 216, Alton, Illinois 62002, Phone: 
(618) 463-6463 x 5109
Ben Owens, 3 Parkway Center, Pittsburgh, PA 152220, Phone: (412) 937-
Ian Dye, Jr., 1947 Neeley Road, Compartment 116, Suite 220, Big Stone 
Gap, VA 24219, Phone: (276) 523-0022 x 16
Roger Calhoun, 1027 Virginia Street East, Charleston, West Virginia 
25301, Phone: (304) 347-7158

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed rule, announced on July 16, 
2015 and published on July 27, 2015 (80 FR 44436-44698), would 
modernize rules that are 32 years old in order to better protect 
people, water quality, and the environment from the adverse effects of 
coal mining. We will hold public hearings on the proposed Stream 
Protection Rule and the accompanying DEIS at the following locations on 
the listed dates:
    Tuesday, September 1, 2015: Jefferson County Fairgrounds Event 
Center, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden, CO 80401.
    Thursday, September 3, 2015: Lexington Convention Center, 430 W. 
Vine St., Lexington, KY 40507.
    Thursday, September 10, 2015: St. Charles Convention Center, 1 
Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, MO 63303.
    Thursday, September 10, 2015: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel 
Pittsburgh, 500 Mansfield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
    Tuesday, September 15, 2015: Mountain Empire Community College, 
3441 Mt. Empire Rd., Big Stone Gap, VA 24219.
    Thursday, September 17, 2015: Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic 
Center Dr., Charleston, WV 25301
    All hearings are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. We 
will provide opportunities for interested parties to deliver or write 
comments onsite at each public hearing. We will also provide an 
opportunity for participants to speak with a court reporter who will 
transcribe their verbal comments for the written record. Additionally, 
the public will be able to speak in a public hearing format. Those 
speaking in the public hearing format must register to do so at the 
hearing, and will be called on a first-come, first-served basis as time 
allows. Verbal comments will be limited to two minutes in order to 
allow as many people to speak as possible. People are encouraged to 
provide their complete detailed comments in writing.
    The primary purpose of the hearings is to obtain input on the 
proposed rule and DEIS. Therefore, we encourage you to limit your 
testimony to the merits of the provisions of the proposed rule and 
    At the hearing, a court reporter will record and prepare a verbatim 
transcription of all comments presented. This written record will be 
made part of the docket for the DEIS and/or proposed rule. If you have 
a written copy of your comments, we encourage you to provide a copy to 
the moderator to assist the court reporter in preparing the written 
    If you are a disabled individual who needs reasonable 
accommodations to attend a public hearing, please contact the person 

    Dated: August 24, 2015.
Harry J. Payne,
Acting Assistant Director, Program Support.
[FR Doc. 2015-21412 Filed 8-27-15; 8:45 am]