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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda.

Summary

This notice provides the semiannual agenda of rules scheduled for review or development between fall 2013 and spring 2014. The Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866 require publication of the agenda.

 

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

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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.

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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.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement—Proposed Rule Stage Back to Top
Sequence No. Title Regulation Identifier No.
341 Blowout Prevention Systems 1014-AA11
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement—Final Rule Stage Back to Top
Sequence No. Title Regulation Identifier No.
342 Production Safety Systems and Lifecycle Analysis 1014-AA10
United States Fish and Wildlife Service—Prerule Stage Back to Top
Sequence No. Title Regulation Identifier No.
343 National Wildlife Refuge System; Oil and Gas Regulations 1018-AX36
United States Fish and Wildlife Service—Final Rule Stage Back to Top
Sequence No. Title Regulation Identifier No.
344 Injurious Wildlife Evaluation; Constrictor Species From Python, Boa, and Eunectes Genera 1018-AV68
National Park Service—Proposed Rule Stage Back to Top
Sequence No. Title Regulation Identifier No.
345 Non-Federal Oil and Gas Rights 1024-AD78
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement—Proposed Rule Stage Back to Top
Sequence No. Title Regulation Identifier No.
346 Stream Protection Rule 1029-AC63

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Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Proposed Rule Stage

341. Blowout Prevention Systems Back to Top

Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 1751; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 43 U.S.C. 1334

Abstract: This proposed rule would revise regulations related to blowout preventers (BOPs). BSEE regulations for BOPs currently consist of: (1) Field pressure and functions tests, (2) performance statements related to BOP capabilities, and (3) several industry practices related to inspection and maintenance. The industry has developed new standards for BOP design and testing that contain significant improvements to existing documents. By incorporating these new requirements into regulations and other supplemental requirements, the regulatory oversight over this critical equipment will be increased.

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Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 03/00/14
Final Action 10/00/14

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

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

RIN: 1014-AA11

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Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Final Rule Stage

342. Production Safety Systems and Lifecycle Analysis Back to Top

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

Abstract: This proposed rule would amend and update the regulations regarding oil and natural gas production. This rewrite of subpart H regulations would address issues such as production safety systems, subsurface safety devices, and safety device testing. The rule has been expanded to differentiate the requirements for operating dry tree and wet tree production systems on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This rule would also propose an expanded use of lifecycle analysis of critical equipment.

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Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 08/22/13 78 FR 52240
NPRM Comment Period End 10/21/13
Final Action 05/00/14

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

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

RIN: 1014-AA10

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United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

Prerule Stage

343. National Wildlife Refuge System; Oil and Gas Regulations Back to Top

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.

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ANPRM 12/00/13  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Scott Covington, Refuge Energy Program Coordinator, Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, Phone: 703 358-2427, Email: scott_covington@fws.gov.

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

RIN: 1018-AX36

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United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

Final Rule Stage

344. Injurious Wildlife Evaluation; Constrictor Species From Python, Boa, and Eunectes Genera Back to Top

Legal Authority: 18 U.S.C. 42

Abstract: We are making a final determination on the listing of five species of large constrictor snakes as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act: Reticulated python, DeSchauensee's anaconda, green anaconda, Beni anaconda, and boa constrictor.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite
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 Reopened End 08/02/10  
Final Action 01/23/12 77 FR 3330
Final Action Effective 03/23/12  
Final Rule 02/00/14  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Mike Weimer, Chief, Division of Fish and Aquatic Conservation, Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Suite 700E, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, Phone: 703 358-2279, Email: mike_weimer@fws.gov.

RIN: 1018-AV68

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National Park Service (NPS)

Proposed Rule Stage

345. Non-Federal Oil and Gas Rights Back to Top

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:

Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM 11/25/09 74 FR 61596
ANPRM Comment Period End 01/25/10  
NPRM 02/00/14  

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

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI) Back to Top

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE)

Proposed Rule Stage

346. Stream Protection Rule Back to Top

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:

Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM 11/30/09 74 FR 62664
ANPRM Comment Period End 12/30/09  
NPRM 08/00/14  

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

[FR Doc. 2013-29634 Filed 1-6-14; 8:45 am]

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