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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION:

Unified regulatory agenda.

SUMMARY:

This notice provides the unified agenda of rules scheduled for review or development between spring 2015 and spring 2016. 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:

Direct all comments and inquiries to the appropriate agency contact. Direct general comments relating to the agenda to the Office of Executive Secretariat and Regulatory Affairs, Department of the Interior, at the address above or at 202-208-5257.

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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 these effects.

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Mark Lawyer,

Federal Register Liaison Officer.

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Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
161Blowout Prevention Systems and Well Control1014-AA11

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement—Final Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
162Production Safety Systems and Lifecycle Analysis1014-AA10

United States Fish and Wildlife Service—Prerule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
163Migratory Bird Permits; Incidental Take of Migratory Birds; Notice of Intent to Prepare An Environmental Impact Statement; Request for Comments1018-BA69

United States Fish and Wildlife Service—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
164National Wildlife Refuge System; Oil and Gas Regulations1018-AX36

United States Fish and Wildlife Service—Completed Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
165Injurious Wildlife Species; Constrictor Species From Python, Boa, and Eunectes Genera1018-AV68

National Park Service—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
166Non-Federal Oil and Gas Rights1024-AD78
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Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
167Stream Protection Rule1029-AC63

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Proposed Rule Stage

161. Blowout Prevention Systems and Well Control

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

Abstract: This proposed rule would upgrade regulations related to the design, manufacture, and repair of blowout preventers (BOPs) in response to numerous recommendations. In addition to BOPs, the proposed rule will address well design, well control, safe drilling margins, casing, cementing, real-time monitoring, and subsea containment. The proposed rule will address many of the issues raised following the Deepwater Horizon incident and from experts through a public forum held May 22, 2012.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM04/17/1580 FR 21504
NPRM Comment Period End05/18/15
Final Action07/00/16

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Lakeisha Harrison, Chief, Regulations and Standards Branch, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166, Phone: 703 787-1552, Fax: 703 787-1555, Email: lakeisha.harrison@bsee.gov.

RIN: 1014-AA11

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Final Rule Stage

162. Production Safety Systems and Lifecycle Analysis

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

Abstract: This rule will amend and update the regulations regarding oil and natural gas production. It will 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 will also expand use of lifecycle analysis of critical equipment.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM08/22/1378 FR 52240
NPRM Comment Period End12/05/13
Final Action06/00/15

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Lakeisha Harrison, Chief, Regulations and Standards Branch, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166, Phone: 703 787-1552, Fax: 703 787-1555, Email: lakeisha.harrison@bsee.gov.

RIN: 1014-AA10

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

Prerule Stage

163. • Migratory Bird Permits; Incidental Take of Migratory Birds; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement; Request for Comments

Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703 712; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.

Abstract: We intend to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4347; NEPA) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of a proposal to authorize incidental take of migratory birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-711) and to conduct public scoping meetings. We invite input from other Federal and State agencies, tribes, nongovernmental organizations, and members of the public on the scope of the proposed NEPA analysis, the pertinent issues we should address, and alternatives to our proposed approach for authorizing incidental take. We will hold public scoping open house meetings.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Notice05/00/15

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Dr. George T. Allen, Chief, Branch of Permits and Regulations, Division of Migratory Bird Management, Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB, Falls Church, VA 22041-3808, Phone: 703 358-1825, Fax: 703 358-2217, Email: george_t_allen@fws.gov.

RIN: 1018-BA69

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

Proposed Rule Stage

164. National Wildlife Refuge System; Oil and Gas Regulations

Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 668dd to 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 that prevents or minimizes 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
ANPRM02/24/1479 FR 10080
ANPRM Comment Period End04/25/14
ANPRM Comment Period Reopened06/09/1479 FR 32903
ANPRM Comment Period Reopening End07/09/14
NPRM08/00/15
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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Brian Salem, Conservation Policy Analyst, Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS, Falls Church, VA 22041-3808, Phone: 703 358-2397, Email: brian_salem@fws.gov.

Scott Covington, Refuge Energy Program Coordinator, Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS:NWRS, Falls Church, VA 22041-3808, Phone: 703 358-2427, Email: scott_covington@fws.gov.

RIN: 1018-AX36

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

Completed Actions

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

Legal Authority: 18 U.S.C. 42

Abstract: We made a final determination on the listing of five species of large constrictor snakes as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act. We added reticulated python, DeSchauensee's anaconda, green anaconda, and Beni anaconda to the list of injurious wildlife. We withdrew a proposal to add the boa constrictor to the list of injurious wildlife.

Completed:

ReasonDateFR Cite
Final Action03/09/1580 FR 12702
Final Action Effective04/09/15

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Susan Jewell, Phone: 703 358-2416, Fax: 703 358-2044, Email: susan_jewell@fws.gov.

RIN: 1018-AV68

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

National Park Service (NPS)

Proposed Rule Stage

166. Non-Federal Oil and Gas Rights

Legal Authority: 54 U.S.C. 100101; 54 U.S.C. 100301; 54 U.S.C. 100302; 54 U.S.C. 100731; 54 U.S.C. 100732

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
NPRM06/00/15

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)

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE)

Proposed Rule Stage

167. 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
NPRM06/00/15

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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