Title 30 published on 2013-07-01
The following are only the Rules published in the Federal Register after the published date of Title 30.
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The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), is removing previously disposed-of state program disapprovals and required program amendments for Wyoming that remain codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The disapprovals and required program amendments are no longer necessary because Wyoming subsequently submitted and obtained OSM approval of revised regulations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act).
The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to Title 30 after this date.
ONRR proposes new regulations to implement the provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) governing the payment of advance royalty on coal resources produced from Federal leases. The EPAct provisions amend the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (MLA). ONRR also proposes to add information collection requirements that are applicable to all solid minerals leases and also are necessary to implement the EPAct Federal coal advance royalty provisions.
The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is proposing new regulations to implement section 6(d) of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996. The new regulations would prescribe when a Federal lessee must report and pay royalties on the volume of oil and gas it takes from a lease or on the volume to which it is entitled based on its ownership interest in the lease.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reopening the rulemaking record for MSHA's existing rule on Refuge Alternatives for the limited purpose of obtaining comments on the frequency for motor task (also known as “hands-on” training), decision-making, and expectations training for miners to deploy and use refuge alternatives in underground coal mines. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a training provision in the Refuge Alternatives rule, directing MSHA to explain the basis for requiring motor task (hands-on), decision-making, and expectations training annually rather than quarterly or to reopen the record and allow public comment. MSHA will review the comments to determine an appropriate course of action for the Agency in response to comments. MSHA will publish its response in the Federal Register addressing the public comments and either explaining the reason that it is leaving the existing rule unchanged or modifying the rule as the result of the public comment process.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is requesting data, comments, and information on issues and options relevant to miners' escape and refuge that may present more effective solutions than the existing rule during underground coal mine emergencies. The Agency continues to reiterate that in the event of an underground coal mine emergency, a miner should seek escape as the first line of defense. Responses to this Request for Information (RFI) will assist MSHA in determining if changes to existing practices and regulations would improve the overall strategy for survivability, escape, and training to protect miners in an emergency. MSHA will review the comments to determine what actions, if any, the Agency will take in response to comments.
The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) and Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) are proposing to amend and clarify regulations concerning certain aspects of appeals of ONRR correspondence and to clarify the final administrative nature of ONRR orders that are not paid or appealed.