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Grant Notification for Fiscal Year 2018

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AGENCY:

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of availability.

SUMMARY:

We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, are notifying the public that we intend to grant funds to eligible applicants for purposes authorized under the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Program. Additionally, we are notifying the public that we intend to grant funds to eligible applicants for regulating coal mining within their jurisdictional borders under the Regulatory Program. We will award these grants during fiscal year 2018.

DATES:

A single point of contact or other interested state or local entities may submit written comments regarding AML and regulatory funding by December 15, 2017.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

  • Email: Send your comments to jbautista@osmre.gov.
  • Mail, hand-delivery, or courier: Send your comments to Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Administrative Record, Room 252-SIB, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20240.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Jay Bautista, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 1951 Constitution Ave. NW., MS 130-SIB, Washington, DC 20240; Telephone (202) 208-7411.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Grant Notification

We are notifying the public that we intend to grant funds to eligible applicants for purposes authorized under the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Program. Additionally, we are notifying the public that we intend to grant funds to eligible applicants for regulating coal mining within their jurisdictional borders under the Regulatory Program. We will award these grants during fiscal year 2018. Eligible applicants are those states and Indian Tribes with a regulatory program, regulatory development program, and/or reclamation plan approved under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA), as amended, 30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq., and the State of Tennessee. Under Executive Order (E.O.) 12372, we must provide state officials the opportunity to review and comment on proposed Federal financial assistance activities. Of the eligible applicants, nineteen states or Indian tribes do not have single points-of-contact under the E.O.12372 review process; therefore, we are required to publish this notice as an alternate means of notification.

Description of the AML Program

SMCRA established the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund to receive the AML fees used to finance reclamation of AML coal mine sites. Title IV of SMCRA authorizes the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to provide grants to eligible states and Indian tribes that are funded from permanent (mandatory) appropriations. Recipients use these funds to reclaim AML coal mine sites that were left abandoned prior to the enactment of SMCRA in 1977, reclaim eligible non-coal sites, and complete projects that address the impacts of mineral development and other non-reclamation projects.

Description of the Regulatory Program

Title VII of SMCRA authorizes the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to provide grants to states and Indian tribes to develop, administer, and enforce state regulatory programs addressing the adverse effects of surface coal mining operations. Title V and Title VII authorize states to develop regulatory programs pursuant to SMCRA, and upon approval of regulatory programs, to assume regulatory primacy and act as the regulatory authorities, and to administer and enforce their respective approved SMCRA regulatory programs. Our regulations at Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter VII implement the provisions of SMCRA.

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Dated: August 21, 2017.

Glenda H. Owens,

Acting Director, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

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[FR Doc. 2017-20261 Filed 9-21-17; 8:45 am]

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