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Notice of Proposed Information Collection for 1029-0111

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Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior.


Notice and request for comments.


In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) is announcing its intention to request renewed approval for the collection of information for Areas Designated by Act of Congress. This information collection activity was previously approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and assigned clearance number 1029-0111.


Comments on the proposed information collection activities must be received by December 27, 2011, to be assured of consideration.


Comments may be mailed to John Trelease, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 1951 Constitution Ave., NW., Room 203-SIB, Washington, DC 20240. Comments may also be submitted electronically to

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To receive a copy of the information collection request contact John Trelease, at (202) 208-2783 or by email at

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OMB regulations at 5 CFR part 1320, which implement provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13), require that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities [see 5 CFR 1320.8 (d)]. This notice identifies an information collection that OSM will be submitting to OMB for approval. This collection is contained in Start Printed Page 6696330 CFR 761—Areas Designated by Act of Congress. OSM will request a 3-year term of approval for each information collection activity. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control number for Part 761 is 1029-0111. Responses are required to obtain a benefit for this collection.

Comments are invited on: (1) The need for the collection of information for the performance of the functions of the agency; (2) the accuracy of the agency's burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to minimize the information collection burden on respondents, such as use of automated means of collection of the information. A summary of the public comments will accompany OSM's submission of the information collection request to OMB.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

This notice provides the public with 60 days in which to comment on the following information collection activity:

Title: 30 CFR part 761—Areas Designated by Act of Congress.

OMB Control Number: 1029-0111.

Summary: OSM and state regulatory authorities use the information collected for 30 CFR 761 to ensure that persons planning to conduct surface coal mining operations on the lands protected by § 522(e) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 have the right to do so under one of the exemptions or waivers provided by this section of the Act.

Bureau Form Number: None.

Frequency of Collection: Once.

Description of Respondents: Applicants for certain surface coal mine permits and state regulatory authorities.

Total Annual Respondents: 16 coal mining applicants and 24 state regulatory authorities.

Total Annual Burden Hours: 512.

Total Annual Non-Wage Costs: $2,508.

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Dated: October 21, 2011.

Stephen M. Sheffield,

Acting Chief, Division of Regulatory Support.

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[FR Doc. 2011-27844 Filed 10-27-11; 8:45 am]