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Extension of Approved Information Collection, OMB Approval Number 1004-0073

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.


Notice and request for comments.


In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requests the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend an existing approval to collect information from any person, association, corporation, subsidiary, or affiliate interested in leasing or developing Federal coal. The BLM uses the information to determine if the applicant is qualified to hold a Federal coal lease.


You must submit your comments to BLM at the address below on or before September 24, 2002. BLM will not necessarily consider any comments received after the above date.


You may mail comments to: Regulatory Affairs Group (WO-630), Eastern States Office, 7450 Boston Blvd., Springfield, Virginia 22153.

You may send comments via Internet to: Please include “ATTN: 1004-0073” and your name and address with your comments.

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

Comments will be 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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You may contact William Radden Lesage, Solid Minerals Group, on (202) 452-Start Printed Page 489370360 (Commercial or FTS). Person who use a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) on 1-800-877-8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to contact Mr. Lesage.

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5 CFR 1320.12(a) requires that we provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning a collection of information to solicit comments on:

(a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper functioning of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(b) The accuracy of our estimate of the information collection burden, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions we use;

(c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and

(d) Ways to minimize the information collection burden on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

BLM manages the leasing and development of Federal coal under the regulations at 43 CFR Group 3400. These regulations implement numerous statutes including:

(1) The Mineral Leasing Act of 1920;

(2) The 1976 coal amendments (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.);

(3) The Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands of 1947 (30 U.S.C. 351-359);

(4) The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1761 et seq.);

(5) The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.);

(6) The Multiple Mineral Development Act of 1954 (30 U.S.C. 521-531);

(7) The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); and

(8) The Act of October 30, 1978 (92 Stat. 2073-2075).

BLM uses the information provided by the applicant(s) on BLM Forms 3400-12 and 3440-1 to determine if the applicant to lease or develop Federal coal is qualified to hold such a lease.

Based on BLM's experience administering the activities described below, we estimate the public reporting burden for the information collected is 20 hours and 15 minutes per response and the total annual burden is 23,896 hours. We estimate the number of responses per year is 1,185. The respondents are applicants to lease or develop Federal coal and vary from individuals to small businesses and major corporations. BLM is specifically requesting your comments on its estimate of the amount of time that it takes to prepare a response.

Type of application43 CFRHrs. per responseNumber of reps.Total hrs.
Application for an exploration license3410.2-13610360
Issuance and termination of an exploration license3410.3-112560
Operation under and modification of an exploration license3410.3-3111
Collection and submission of data from an exploration license3410.418590
Call for coal resource and other resource info.3420.1-2300
Surface owner consultation3420.1-4177
Expressions of leasing interest3420.3-2700
Response to notice of sale3422.2568448
Consultation with Attorney General3422.3-44728
Leasing on application3425308154,620
Surface owner consent3427.2(c)177
Preference right lease application3430.3-1, 3430.4-180032,400
Lease modifications3432.112560
License to mine344021242
Relinquishments3452.1-1, 3452.1-21830540
Transfers, assignments, subleases3453.2-11043430
Bonds3410.3-4, 3453.2-4, 3474.1, 3474.281961,568
Land description requirements3471.1-121530
Future interest lease application3471.41600
Special leasing qualifications3472.1-23412
Qualification statement3472.23412
Lease rental and royalty rate reductions3473.3-4139117
Lease suspensions3473.4, 3483.3207140
Lease form3475.111212
Logical mining units3475.6, 3481.2, 34871705850
General obligations of the operator/lessee3481.1111
Exploration plans3482.1(a)3011330
Resource recovery and protection plan3482.1(b)1924768
Modifications to exploration plans and resource recovery and protection plans3482.216791,264
Mining operations maps3482.3203116,220
Request for payment of advance royalty in lieu of continued operation3483.42212264
Performance standards for exploration (Retention of samples)3484.1(a)12222
Performance standards for surface and underground coal mines3484.1(b)166
Exploration reports3485.1(a), 3485.1(b), 3485.1(c)4728
Production reports3485.1(d), 3485.3103233,230
Notices and orders3486.2313
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Any member of the public may request and obtain, without charge, a copy of the BLM Forms 3400-12 and 3400-1 by contacting the person identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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

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Dated: July 11, 2002.

Michael H. Schwartz,

Bureau of Land Management, Information Collection Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 02-18887 Filed 7-25-02; 8:45 am]