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Notice of Proposed Information Collection

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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 that the information collection request for the requirements for coal exploration has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This information collection request describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burden and cost.


OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information collections but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, public comments should be submitted to OMB by February 21, 2012, in order to be assured of consideration.


Submit comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Department of the Interior Desk Officer, by telefax at (202) 395-5806 or via email to OfRA Also, please send a copy of your comments to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 1951 Constitution Ave, NW., Room 203-SIB, Washington, DC 20240, or electronically to


To receive a copy of the information collection request contact John Trelease at (202) 208-2783, or electronically at You may also review this collection by going to (Information Collection Review, Currently Under Review, Agency is Department of the Interior, DOI-OSMRE).


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)]. OSM has submitted a request to OMB to renew its approval of the collection of information contained in 30 CFR part 772—Requirements for Coal Exploration. OSM is requesting a 3-year term of approval for this 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 30 CFR part 772 is 1029-0112.

As required under 5 CFR 1320.8(d), a Federal Register notice soliciting comments for this collection of information was published on October 19, 2011 (76 FR 64973). No comments were received. This notice provides the public with an additional 30 days in which to comment on the following information collection activity:

Title: 30 CFR Part 772—Requirements for Coal Exploration.

OMB Control Number: 1029-0112.

Summary: OSM and state regulatory authorities use the information collected under 30 CFR part 772 to gather information on coal exploration activities, evaluate the need for an exploration permit, and ensure that exploration activities comply with the environmental protection and reclamation requirements of 30 CFR part 772 and section 512 of SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1262).

Bureau Form Number: None.

Frequency of Collection: Once.

Description of Respondents: 1,312 operators planning to conduct coal exploration and 24 state regulatory authorities.

Total Annual Responses: 2,511.

Total Annual Burden Hours: 9,107.

Total Annual Non-Wage Burden Costs: $2,074.

Send comments on the need for the collections of information for the performance of the functions of the agency; the accuracy of the agency's burden estimates; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collections; and ways to minimize the information collection burdens on respondents, such as use of automated means of collections of the information, to the offices listed in ADDRESSES. Please refer to OMB control number 1029-0112 in all correspondence.

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.

Dated: January 10, 2012.

John A. Trelease,

Acting Chief, Division of Regulatory Support.

[FR Doc. 2012-844 Filed 1-18-12; 8:45 am]