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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION:

Semiannual regulatory agenda.

SUMMARY:

This notice provides the semiannual agenda of rules scheduled for review or development between spring 2013 and spring 2014. The Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866 require publication of the agenda.

ADDRESSES:

Unless otherwise indicated, all agency contacts are located at the Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

You should direct all comments and inquiries with regard to these rules to the appropriate agency contact. You should direct general comments relating to the agenda to the Office of Executive Secretariat, Department of the Interior, at the address above or at 202-208-5257 or 202-208-3071.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

With this publication, the Department satisfies the requirement of Executive Order 12866 that the Department publish an agenda of rules that we have issued or expect to issue and of currently effective rules that we have scheduled for review.

Simultaneously, the Department meets the requirement of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) to publish an agenda in April and October of each year identifying rules that will have significant economic effects on a substantial number of small entities. We have specifically identified in the agenda rules that will have such effects.

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Mark Lawyer,

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Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
195Production Safety Systems and Lifecycle Analysis1014-AA10

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
196Blowout Prevention Systems1014-AA11

United States Fish and Wildlife Service—Prerule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
197National Wildlife Refuge System; Oil and Gas Regulations1018-AX36

United States Fish and Wildlife Service—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
198Injurious Wildlife Evaluation; Constrictor Species From Python, Boa, and Eunectes Genera1018-AV68

National Park Service—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
199Non-Federal Oil and Gas Rights1024-AD78

National Park Service—Completed Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
200Winter Use—Yellowstone National Park1024-AE10
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Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
201Stream Protection Rule1029-AC63

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Proposed Rule Stage

195. Production Safety Systems and Lifecycle Analysis

Legal Authority: 31 U.S.C. 9701; 43 U.S.C. 1334

Abstract: This proposed rule would amend and update the regulations regarding oil and natural gas production. This rewrite of subpart H regulations would address issues such as production safety systems, subsurface safety devices, and safety device testing. The rule has been expanded to differentiate the requirements for operating dry tree and wet tree production systems on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This rule would also propose an expanded use of lifecycle analysis of critical equipment.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM07/00/13
Final Action05/00/14

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Amy White, Chief, Regulations and Standards Branch, Department of the Interior, 381 Elden Street, Herndon, VA 20170, Phone: 703 787-1665, Fax: 703 787-1555, Email: amy.white@bsee.gov.

RIN: 1014-AA10

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Long-Term Actions

196. Blowout Prevention Systems

Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 1751; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 43 U.S.C. 1334

Abstract: This proposed rule would revise regulations related to blowout preventers (BOPs). BSEE regulations for BOPs currently consist of: (1) Field pressure and functions tests, (2) performance statements related to BOP capabilities, and (3) several industry practices related to inspection and maintenance. The industry has developed new standards for BOP design and testing that contain significant improvements to existing documents. By incorporating these new requirements into regulations and other supplemental requirements, the regulatory oversight over this critical equipment will be increased.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM10/00/14
Final Action10/00/14

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Amy White, Chief, Regulations and Standards Branch, Department of the Interior, 381 Elden Street, Herndon, VA 20170, Phone: 703 787-1665, Fax: 703 787-1555, Email: amy.white@bsee.gov.

RIN: 1014-AA11

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

Prerule Stage

197. National Wildlife Refuge System; Oil and Gas Regulations

Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 668dd-ee; 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 1131 to 1136; 40 CFR 51.300 to 51.309

Abstract: We propose regulations that ensure that all operators conducting oil or gas operations within a National Wildlife Refuge System unit do so in a manner as to prevent or minimize damage to National Wildlife Refuge System resources, visitor values, and management objectives. FWS does not intend these regulations to result in a taking of a property interest, but rather to impose reasonable controls on operations that affect federally owned or controlled lands and/or waters.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
ANPRM07/00/13

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Scott Covington, Refuge Energy Program Coordinator, Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, Phone: 703 358ndash;2427, Email: scott_covington@fws.gov.

Paul Steblein, Refuge Program Specialist, Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Suite 670, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, Phone: 703 358-2678, Fax: 703 358-1929, Email: paul_steblein@fws.gov.

RIN: 1018-AX36

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

Long-Term Actions

198. Injurious Wildlife Evaluation; Constrictor Species From Python, Boa, and Eunectes Genera

Legal Authority: 18 U.S.C. 42

Abstract: We are making a final determination to list four species of large constrictor snakes as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act: Reticulated python, DeSchauensee's anaconda, green anaconda, and Beni anaconda. The boa constrictor is still under consideration for listing.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
ANPRM01/31/0873 FR 5784
ANPRM Comment Period End04/30/08
NPRM03/12/1075 FR 11808
NPRM Comment Period End05/11/10
NPRM Comment Period Reopened07/01/1075 FR 38069
NPRM Comment Period End08/02/10
Final Action01/23/1277 FR 3330
Final Action Effective03/23/12
Final RuleTo Be Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Mike Weimer, Chief, Division of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation, Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Suite 700E, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, Start Printed Page 44278 Phone: 703 358-2279, Email: mike_weimer@fws.gov.

RIN: 1018-AV68

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

National Park Service (NPS)

Proposed Rule Stage

199. Non-Federal Oil and Gas Rights

Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 1901 et seq.

Abstract: This rule would accommodate new technology and industry practices, eliminate regulatory exemptions, update requirements, remove caps on bond amounts, and allow NPS to recover administrative costs. The changes make the regulations more effective and efficient and maintain the highest level of protection compatible with park resources and values.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
ANPRM11/25/0974 FR 61596
ANPRM Comment Period End01/25/10
NPRM12/00/13

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Ed Kassman, Regulatory Specialist, Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, CA 80225, Phone: 303 969-2146, Email: edward_kassman@nps.gov.

RIN: 1024-AD78

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

National Park Service (NPS)

Completed Actions

200. Winter Use—Yellowstone National Park

Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1; 16 U.S.C. 3; 16 U.S.C. 9a

Abstract: The park has managed winter use with an interim rule that only authorized snowmobile and snowcoach use through the end of the 2011-2012 winter season. This new rule would extend the interim regulations for one more year in order to allow the National Park Service time to develop a long-term regulation.

Completed:

ReasonDateFR Cite
Final Action12/12/1277 FR 73919

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Russ Wilson, Phone: 202 208-4206, Email: russ_wilson@nps.gov.

RIN: 1024-AE10

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE)

Long-Term Actions

201. Stream Protection Rule

Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.

Abstract: On August 12, 2009, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the Government's request that the court vacate and remand the Excess Spoil/Stream Buffer Zone rule published on December 12, 2008. Therefore, the Department intends to initiate notice and comment rulemaking to address issues arising from previous rulemakings. The agency also intends to prepare a new environmental impact statement.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
ANPRM11/30/0974 FR 62664
ANPRM Comment Period End12/30/09
NPRM08/00/14

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Dennis Rice, Regulatory Analyst, Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20240, Phone: 202 208-2829, Email: drice@osmre.gov.

RIN: 1029-AC63

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