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Extension of Approved Information Collection, OMB Number 1004-0073

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces its intention to request renewal of existing approval to collect certain information from any person, association, or corporation, or any subsidiary, affiliate, or persons controlled by or under common control with such person, association or corporation interested in leasing for or developing Federal coal. This information allows BLM to determine if the applicant to lease or develop Federal coal is qualified to hold a Federal coal lease.

DATES:

BLM must receive comments on the proposed information collection by October 2, 2000, to assure its consideration of them.

ADDRESSES:

Mail comments to: Regulatory Affairs Group (630), Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street NW, Room 401LS, Washington, DC 20240.

Send comments via Internet to: WOComment@blm.gov. Please include “ATTN: 1004-0073” and your name and return address in your Internet message.

You may hand-deliver comments to the Bureau of Land Management Administrative Record, Room 401, 1620 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036.

BLM will make comments available for public review at the L Street address during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.), Monday through Friday.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

William Radden-Lesage, Solid Minerals Group, WO-320, 202-452-0360.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In accordance with 5 CFR 1320.12(a), BLM is required to provide 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning a collection of information contained in BLM (Form 3400-12 and 3440), 43 CFR Group 3400, Coal Management, to solicit comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. BLM will receive and analyze any comments sent in response to this notice and include them with its request for approval from the OMB under 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

BLM plans to seek from the Office of Management and Budget an extension approval for the information collection requirements in 43 CFR Parts 3400 through 3487, which cover the leasing and development of Federal coal. These regulations implement the statutory authority governing leasing activities on Federal land which is found in the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, including the 1976 coal amendments (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.); the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands of 1947 (30 U.S.C. 351-359); the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1761 et seq.); the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.); the Multiple Mineral Development Act of 1954, 30 U.S.C. 521-531; the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); and the Act of October 30, 1978 (92 STAT. 2073-2075).

BLM uses the information provided by the applicant(s) to determine if the applicant to lease or develop Federal coal is qualified to hold such a lease. If BLM did not collect this information, it would not be able to gather relevant data to manage the leasing and development of coal in the public interest.

Based on BLM's experience administering the activities described Start Printed Page 47798above, the public reporting burden for the information collected is estimated to average 20 hours and 15 minutes per response. The respondents are applicants to lease or develop Federal coal, and vary from individuals to small businesses and major corporations. The frequency of response is occasionally, usually upon application. The number of responses per year is estimated to total 1,185. The estimated total annual burden on all new respondents is about 23,986 hours. BLM is specifically requesting your comments on its estimate of the amount of time that it takes to prepare a response.

Type of application43 CFR cross referenceNumber of responsesHours/responseTotal hours
Application for an exploration license3410.2-11036360
Issuance and termination of an exploration license3410.3-151260
Operations under and modification of an exploration license3410.3-3111
Collection and submission of data from an exploration license3410.451890
Call for coal resource and other resource information3420.1-2030
Surface owner consultation3420.1-4717
Expressions of leasing interest3420.3-2070
Response to notice for sale3422.2856448
Consultation with the Attorney General3422.3-47428
Leasing on application3425153084,620
Surface owner consent3427.2(c)717
Preference right lease application3430.3-1, 3430.4-138002,400
Lease modifications3432.151260
License to mine344022142
Relinquishments3452.1-1, 3452.1-23018540
Transfers, assignments, subleases3453.2-14310430
Bonds3410.3-4, 3453.2-4, 3474.1, 3474.219681,568
Land description requirements3471.1-115230
Future interest lease application3471.40160
Special leasing qualifications3472.1-24312
Qualification statements3472.24312
Lease rental and royalty rate reductions3473.3-4913117
Lease suspensions3473.4, 3483.3720140
Lease form3475.112112
Logical mining units3475.6, 3481.2, 34875170850
General obligations of the operator/lessee3481.1111
Exploration plans3482.1(a)1130330
Resource recovery and protection plan3482.1(b)4192768
Modifications to exploration plans and resource recovery and protection plans3482.279161,264
Mining operations maps3482.3311206,220
Request for payment of advance royalty in lieu of continued operation3483.41222264
Performance standards for exploration (Retention of samples)3484.1(a)22122
Performance standards for surface and underground coal mines3484.1(b)616
Exploration reports3485.1(a), 3485.1(b), 3485.1(c)7428
Production reports3485.1(d), 3485.3323103,230
Notices and orders3486.2133
Enforcement3486.38216
Total1,18523,986

BLM will summarize all responses to this notice and include them in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record.

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Dated: July 31, 2000.

Shirlean Beshir,

BLM Information Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 00-19694 Filed 8-2-00; 8:45 am]

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