Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

 
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Federal Register, Volume 77 Issue 29 (Monday, February 13, 2012)

Federal Register Volume 77, Number 29 (Monday, February 13, 2012)

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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office www.gpo.gov

FR Doc No: 2012-1649

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Vol. 77

Monday,

No. 29

February 13, 2012

Part X

Department of the Interior

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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of the Secretary

25 CFR Ch. I

30 CFR Chs. II and VII

36 CFR Ch. I

43 CFR Subtitle A, Chs. I and II

48 CFR Ch. 14

50 CFR Chs. I and IV

Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides the semiannual agenda of rules scheduled for review or development between fall 2011 and spring 2012. The Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866 require publication of the agenda.

ADDRESSES: Unless otherwise indicated, all Agency contacts are located at the Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: You should direct all comments and inquiries about these rules to the appropriate Agency Contact. You should direct general comments relating to the agenda to the Office of Executive Secretariat, Department of the Interior, at the address above or at 202-208-3181.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: With this publication, the Department satisfies the requirement of Executive Order 12866 that the Department publish an agenda of rules that we have issued or expect to issue and of currently effective rules that we have scheduled for review.

Simultaneously, the Department meets the requirement of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) to publish an agenda in April and October of each year identifying rules that will have significant economic effects on a substantial number of small entities. We have specifically identified in the agenda rules that will have such effects.

This edition of the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions includes The Regulatory Plan, which appears in both the online Unified Agenda and in part II of the Federal Register that includes the Unified Agenda. The Department's Statement of Regulatory Priorities is included in the Plan.

Mark Lawyer,

Federal Register Liaison Officer.

United States Fish and Wildlife Service--Proposed Rule Stage

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Regulation

Sequence No. Title Identifier No.

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  1. National Wildlife Refuge 1018-AX36

    System; Oil and Gas

    Regulations.

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    United States Fish and Wildlife Service--Final Rule Stage

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    Regulation

    Sequence No. Title Identifier No.

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  2. Injurious Wildlife 1018-AV68

    Evaluation; Constrictor

    Species From Python, Boa,

    and Eunectes Genera.

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    National Park Service--Proposed Rule Stage

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    Regulation

    Sequence No. Title Identifier No.

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  3. Non-Federal Oil and Gas 1024-AD78

    Rights.

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    National Park Service--Final Rule Stage

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    Regulation

    Sequence No. Title Identifier No.

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  4. Special Regulation, Winter 1024-AD92

    Use, Yellowstone National

    Park.

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    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management--Proposed Rule Stage

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    Regulation

    Sequence No. Title Identifier No.

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  5. Revised Requirements for 1010-AD61

    Well Plugging and

    Platform Decommissioning.

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    Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement--Proposed Rule

    Stage

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    Regulation

    Sequence No. Title Identifier No.

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  6. Stream Protection Rule.... 1029-AC63

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    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

    United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

    Proposed Rule Stage

  7. National Wildlife Refuge System; Oil and Gas Regulations

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 668dd-ee; 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 1131 to 1136; 40 CFR 51.300 to 51.309

    Abstract: We propose regulations that ensure that all operators conducting oil or gas operations within a National Wildlife Refuge System unit do so in a manner as to prevent or minimize damage to National Wildlife Refuge System resources, visitor values, and management objectives. FWS does not intend these regulations to result in a taking of a property Interest, but rather to impose reasonable controls on operations that affect federally owned or controlled lands and/or waters.

    Timetable:

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    Action Date FR Cite

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    NPRM................................ 07/00/12 .......................

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Deb Rocque, Chief, Branch of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning, Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, Phone: 703 358-2106, Email: deb_rocque@fws.gov.

    Paul Steblein, Refuge Program Specialist, Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 670, Arlington, VA 22203, Phone: 703 358-2678, Fax: 703 358-1929, Email: paul_steblein@fws.gov.

    RIN: 1018-AX36

    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

    United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

    Final Rule Stage

  8. Injurious Wildlife Evaluation; Constrictor Species From Python, Boa, and Eunectes Genera

    Legal Authority: 18 U.S.C. 42

    Abstract: We have made a final determination to list nine species of large constrictor snakes as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act: Indian python (including Burmese python), reticulated python, Northern African python, Southern African python, boa constrictor, yellow anaconda, DeSchauensee's anaconda, green anaconda, and Beni anaconda.

    Timetable:

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    Action Date FR Cite

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    ANPRM............................... 01/31/08 73 FR 5784

    ANPRM Comment Period End............ 04/30/08 .......................

    NPRM................................ 03/12/10 75 FR 11808

    NPRM Comment Period End............. 05/11/10 .......................

    NPRM Comment Period Reopened........ 07/01/10 75 FR 38069

    NPRM Comment Period End............. 08/02/10 .......................

    Final Action........................ 12/00/11 .......................

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Art Roybal, Senior Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, South Florida Ecological Services Field Office, 1339 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960, Phone: 772 562-3909, Email: art_roybal@fws.gov.

    Susan Jewell, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, MS 770, Arlington, VA 22203, Phone: 703 358-2416, Fax: 703 358-

    2044, Email: susan_jewell@fws.gov.

    RIN: 1018-AV68

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    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

    National Park Service (NPS)

    Proposed Rule Stage

  9. Non-Federal Oil and Gas Rights

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 1901 et seq.

    Abstract: This rule would accommodate new technology and industry practices, eliminate regulatory exemptions, update requirements, remove caps on bond amounts, and allow NPS to recover administrative costs. The changes make the regulations more effective and efficient and maintain the highest level of protection compatible with park resources and values.

    Timetable:

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    Action Date FR Cite

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    ANPRM............................... 11/25/09 74 FR 61596

    ANPRM Comment Period End............ 01/25/10 .......................

    NPRM................................ 05/00/12 .......................

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Ed Kassman, Regulatory Specialist, Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, CA 80225, Phone: 303 969-2146, Email: edward_kassman@nps.gov.

    RIN: 1024-AD78

    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

    National Park Service (NPS)

    Final Rule Stage

  10. Special Regulation, Winter Use, Yellowstone National Park

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1; 16 U.S.C. 3; 16 U.S.C. 9a; 16 U.S.C. 462(k)

    Abstract: The 2009 interim rule allows for managed snowmobile and snow coach use, with restrictions on their use and numbers, through the 2010-2011 winter season. In the absence of a new rule, oversnow vehicles would not be allowed in Yellowstone beginning in the 2011-2012 season. The proposed rule incorporates the preferred alternative from the draft environmental impact statement. To prepare for implementation of the new winter use plan and to manage winter use during the 2011-

    2012 winter season, we will publish an interim rule by mid-December 2011.

    Timetable:

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    Action Date FR Cite

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    NPRM................................ 07/05/11 76 FR 39048

    NPRM Comment Period End............. 09/06/11 .......................

    Interim Final Rule.................. 12/00/11 .......................

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: A J North, Regulatory Specialist, Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240, Phone: 202 208-5268, Email: aj_north@nps.gov.

    RIN: 1024-AD92

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    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

    Proposed Rule Stage

  11. Revised Requirements for Well Plugging and Platform Decommissioning

    Legal Authority: 31 U.S.C. 9701; 43 U.S.C. 1334

    Abstract: This rule would establish timely submission requirements for decommissioning and abandonment plans, and establish deadlines for decommissioning permits. The rule

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    would also implement timeframes and clarify requirements for plugging and abandonment of idle wells and decommissioning idle facilities.

    Timetable:

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    Action Date FR Cite

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    NPRM................................ 06/00/12 .......................

    NPRM Comment Period End............. 08/00/12 .......................

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Amy White, Department of the Interior, 381 Elden Street, Herndon, VA 20170, Phone: 703 787-1665, Fax: 703 787-1555, Email: amy.white@boemre.gov.

    RIN: 1010-AD61

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    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

    Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE)

    Proposed Rule Stage

  12. Stream Protection Rule

    Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.

    Abstract: On August 12, 2009, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the Government's request that the court vacate and remand the Excess Spoil/Stream Buffer Zone rule published on December 12, 2008. Therefore, the Department intends to initiate notice and comment rulemaking to address issues arising from previous rulemakings. The agency also intends to prepare a new environmental impact statement.

    Timetable:

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    Action Date FR Cite

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    ANPRM............................... 11/30/09 74 FR 62664

    ANPRM Comment Period End............ 12/30/09 .......................

    NPRM................................ 04/00/12 .......................

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Dennis Rice, Regulatory Analyst, Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20240, Phone: 202 208-2829, Email: drice@osmre.gov.

    RIN: 1029-AC63

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