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Bureau of Land Management, Interor.


Notice and request for comments.


In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has submitted a request for an extension of an approved information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval.


The OMB is required to respond to this request within 60 days but may respond after 30 days. Submit your comments to OMB at the address below by February 20, 2007 to receive maximum consideration.


Send comments to the OMB, Interior Department Desk Office (1004-0194), at OMB-OIRA via e-mail or via facsimile at (202) 395-6566. Also please send a copy of your comments to BLM via Internet and include your name, address, and ATTN: 1004-0194 in your Internet message to or via mail to: U.S. Department of the Interior, Start Printed Page 2303Bureau of Land Management, Mail Stop 401LS, 1849 C Street, NW., ATTN: Bureau Information Collection Clearance Officer (WO-630), Washington, DC 20240.

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You may contact Shirlean Beshir to obtain copies and explanatory material on this information collection at (202) 452-5033. Persons 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 wek, to contact Ms. Beshir.

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On March 6, 2006, the BLM published a notice in the Federal Register (71 FR 11224) requesting comments on the information collection. The comment period closed on May 5, 2006. The BLM did not receive any comments. We are soliciting comments on the following:

(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 estimates 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.

Title: Surface Management (43 CFR subpart 3809).

OMB Control Number: 1004-0194.

Abstract: Under the General Mining Law, a citizen may enter onto public domain lands that are subject to the law to prospect and explore for valuable mineral deposits. They may do so without seeking the government's permission beforehand. The rights to a deposit of a valuable mineral are granted through the act of discovering the mineral deposit. After making a discovery, a prospector may choose to locate and record a mining claim to protect investments in exploration and to have a secure tenure to discovered valuable mineral deposits. Locating a mining claim is not a prerequesite for conducting operations on the public lands, nor is it even a requirement for carrying out mining operations. The BLM uses the regulations at 43 CFR subpart 3809 to govern hardrock mineral exploration and development on the public lands and Federal interests in the lands. The hardrock minerals are subject to the provisions of the 1872 General Mining Law (30 U.S.C. 22, et seq., as amended).

BLM collects form and nonform information on surface management activities from mining claimants and operators.

Burden Estimate Per Form: The following chart lists form and non-form information collection requirements that are submitted quarterly, monthly, on occasion, and annually to the BLM by the private sector.

43 CFR CitationSubpartFormsNumber of responsesHours/$Burden hoursBurden/($)
3809.21/.301Notice Level38632 hr @ 7512,352926,400
3809.330Notice Level Modification10832 hr @ 753,456259,200
3809.333Notice Extension16930 minutes @ 75856,253
3809.11/.401Plan of Operations54245 hr @ 9013,2301,190,700
EIS64960 hr @ 20529,7606,100,800
EA-Standard16890 hr @ 9014,2401,281,600
EA-Exploration/Simple35320 hr @ 7011,200784,000
3809.430Plan Modificaton96245 hr @ 9023,5202,116,900
EIS24960 hr @ 2059,9202,033,600
EA-Standard29890 hr @ 9025,8102,322,900
EA-Exploration/Simple62320 hr @ 7019,8401,388,800
3809.500Financial Guarantee3809-1678 hours @ 4053621,440
3809-22708 hours @ 402,16086,400
3809-4138 hours @ 401044,160
3809-4a108 hours @ 40803,200
3809.116Operator Change3809-5468 hours @ 4036814,720

Annual Responses: 1,369.

Application Fee Per Response: 0.

Annual Burden Hours: 166,661.

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Dated: January 11, 2007.

Ted R. Hudson,

Bureau of Land Management, Acting Division Chief Regulatory Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 07-164 Filed 1-17-07; 8:45 am]