[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 241 (Tuesday, December 16, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 74613-74618]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-29384]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

30 CFR Part 934

[SATS No. ND-052-FOR; Docket ID No. OSM-2012-0021; 
S1D1SS08011000SX066A00067F144S180110; 
S2D2SS08011000SX066A00033F14XS501520]


North Dakota Regulatory Program

AGENCY: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior.

ACTION: Final rule; approval of amendment.

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SUMMARY: We are approving an amendment to the North Dakota regulatory 
program (the ``North Dakota

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program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 
(``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). North Dakota intends to revise its program 
to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations. North 
Dakota submitted the amendment to address required rule changes OSMRE 
identified by letter to North Dakota dated October 2, 2009, under 30 
CFR 732.17(c). These include changes to North Dakota's rules regarding 
use of the Applicant Violator System (AVS) and ownership and control. 
North Dakota has met all of the conditions outlined in the 732 letter 
and has included all applicable revisions and/or additions to their 
rules. North Dakota is also proposing to add a new subsection to an 
existing rule with general requirements relating to the format of 
electronic applications. They are also making a minor correction to 
another rule pertaining to the term of permits to make it consistent 
with a separate rule which was previously amended to no longer require 
renewal of a permit once lands in that permit are no longer being mined 
or used in the support of surface coal mining.

DATES: Effective December 16, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Fleischman, Chief, Denver 
Field Division, Telephone: 307-261-6550, Internet address: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background on the North Dakota Program
II. Submission of the Proposed Amendment
III. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's 
(OSMRE's) Findings
IV. Summary and Disposition of Comments
V. OSMRE's Decision
VI. Procedural Determinations

I. Background on the North Dakota Program

    Section 503(a) of the Act permits a State to assume primacy for the 
regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations on non-
Federal and non-Indian lands within its borders by demonstrating that 
its State program includes, among other things, ``a State law which 
provides for the regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation 
operations in accordance with the requirements of this Act. . . ; and 
rules and regulations consistent with regulations issued by the 
Secretary pursuant to this Act.''
    See 30 U.S.C. 1253(a)(1) and (7). On the basis of these criteria, 
the Secretary of the Interior conditionally approved the North Dakota 
program on December 15, 1980. You can find background information on 
the North Dakota program, including the Secretary's findings, the 
disposition of comments, and conditions of approval in the December 15, 
1980, Federal Register (45 FR 82214). You can also find later actions 
concerning North Dakota's program and program amendments at 30 CFR 
934.15, 934.16, and 934.30.

II. Submission of the Proposed Amendment

    By letter dated November 14, 2012, North Dakota sent us a proposed 
amendment to its program (Administrative Record Document ID No. OSM-
2012-0021-0002) under SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.). North Dakota sent 
the amendment in response to an October 2, 2009 letter (Document ID No. 
OSM-2012-0021-0004) that we sent to North Dakota in accordance with 30 
CFR 732.17(c), and to include the changes made at its own initiative.
    Specifically, North Dakota proposes to add and/or change nine rules 
in the North Dakota Administrative Code (NDAC) Section 69-5.2. The rule 
changes primarily address the use of OSMRE's Applicant Violator System 
(AVS) prior to the approval of permits, permit renewals, and certain 
permit revisions. The proposed rule also contains procedures for 
surface coal mining operators to use if they want to submit challenges 
to information in the AVS. North Dakota proposed these changes to make 
its program consistent with the counterpart Federal regulations 
regarding the AVS and ownership and control. Additionally, North Dakota 
is submitting a proposed rule change that adds specificity to the 
format requirements for electronic applications and a change that 
updates a provision to no longer require the renewal of a permit once 
surface coal mining is completed and only reclamation work remains.
    We announced receipt of the proposed amendment in the January 29, 
2013, Federal Register (78 FR 6062). In the same document, we opened 
the public comment period and provided an opportunity for a public 
hearing or meeting on the amendment's adequacy (Administrative Record 
Document ID No. OSM-2012-0021-0001). We did not hold a public hearing 
or meeting because no one requested one. The public comment period 
ended on March 1, 2013. We received a letter from one Federal agency 
stating that they had no comments.
    During our review of the amendment, we identified an area of 
concern regarding the fact that North Dakota failed to provide a 
counterpart rule to 30 CFR 774.12(c)(1). We notified North Dakota of 
our concerns on March 13, 2013 (Administrative Record Document ID No. 
OSM-2012-0021-0008). North Dakota responded in a letter dated May 10, 
2013 by revising their proposed amendment language (Administrative 
Record Document ID No. OSM-2012-0021-0009). Specifically, North Dakota 
corrected a drafting error which occurred from the use of a previous 
version of the 30 CFR rules by modifying NDAC Section 69-05.2-10-09. 
The proposed modification provides State counterpart language to 30 CFR 
778.11(d), which is referenced in 30 CFR 774.12(c)(1).

III. OSMRE's Findings

    Following are the findings we made concerning the amendment under 
SMCRA and the Federal regulations at 30 CFR 732.15 and 732.17. We are 
approving the amendment.

A. Revisions to North Dakota's Rules That Have the Same Meaning as the 
Corresponding Provisions of the Federal Regulations

    North Dakota's proposed revisions to the following rules contain 
language that is the same as or similar to the corresponding sections 
of the Federal regulations, which we find to be consistent with and no 
less effective than the Federal regulations.
NDAC 69-05.2-05-08 Permit Applications--Permit Term
    North Dakota added language to its rules to clarify that surface 
coal mining permits are to be renewed only when surface coal mining 
operations are taking place. Prior to this amendment, this particular 
section of North Dakota's regulations required permit renewal through 
the completion of surface coal mining and reclamation operations. NDAC 
69-05.2-11-03, which contains the rules specific to permit renewals, 
already allowed permit renewals to lapse once surface mining operations 
are complete and only reclamation remains, but it was contradictory 
with NDAC 69-05.2-05-08. NDAC 69-05.2-05-08 is being revised to remove 
this contradiction in North Dakota's rules by deleting ``and 
reclamation''.
    We also note that the revised rule has an apparent inconsistency 
because it states that permits shall be successively renewed under 
section 69-05.2-11-03 ``until final bond release.'' A final bond, 
however, is not released until after reclamation is complete. Thus, 
North Dakota's failure to delete the latter part of the rule ``until 
final bond release'' may create ambiguous interpretations. By letter 
dated November 14, 2012, North Dakota explained that the change was 
being proposed to no longer require renewal of a permit once lands in 
that permit are no longer being mined or

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used in support of mining. Thus, whether this provision is interpreted 
as intended to require renewal only while surface coal mining 
operations occur or whether it is interpreted to require renewal 
through the release of the bond, we find that it is no less effective 
than the counterpart Federal Regulation found at 30 CFR 773.4(a). OSMRE 
understands that the intention of the rule is that permit renewal will 
only be required while surface coal mining operations are occurring and 
will expect the provision to be enforced accordingly.
    30 CFR 773.4(a) specifically allows permit renewals to lapse once 
surface coal mining operations are completed and only reclamation 
operations remain. The Federal regulation also states that the 
obligations established under a coal mining permit do not lapse once 
surface mining activities cease and a permit need no longer be renewed. 
Thus, we find this section of the amendment to be no less effective 
than the Federal regulations. We, therefore, are approving it.
NDAC 69-05.2-06-01 Permit Applications--Identification of Interests and 
NDAC 69-05.2-06-02 Permit Applications--Compliance Information
    North Dakota proposed to add subsection 2 of NDAC 69-05.2-06-01, 
which addresses business entity information, and subsection 6 of NDAC 
69-05.2-06-02, which addresses violation information, to make their 
rules consistent with 30 CFR 778.9. The proposed amendments to each 
subsection are similar to each other. This duplication of rules is 
necessary due to the structure of the North Dakota Administrative code, 
which is divided into a section for permit/mining history information 
requirements and a section for requirements regarding identification of 
interests in the area surrounding a proposed surface coal mine permit.
    These two subsections of the rules state that an applicant must 
certify that information recorded in the AVS system is accurate, 
complete and up to date and states that necessary information must be 
submitted and affirmed by the applicant if it is not accurate, complete 
and up to date. There are also regulations included in the two 
subsections that state that a central file containing an applicant's 
business entity identity information will be created in AVS by the 
Commission and provides that the file will be open to the public. The 
rules also require the applicant to file a copy of the information with 
the county auditor where the surface coal mining is proposed.
    Based on the discussion above and because these proposed rules 
contain language that is the same as or similar to the corresponding 
Federal regulations, at 30 CFR 778.9, we find that they are consistent 
with and no less effective than the corresponding Federal regulations. 
We, therefore, are approving them.
NDAC 69-05.2-10-01 Permit Applications--Public Notices of Filing and 
Entering Data Into the Applicant Violation System
    North Dakota proposed an addition to NDAC Section 69-05.2-10-01 
which defines what the AVS system is and requires that information from 
a permit application deemed complete be entered into the database, and 
that new information from the permit review process be updated in the 
database as it is submitted to the Commission. This portion of the 
amendment is substantially the same as the counterpart Federal 
regulations and Federal definition of AVS found at 30 CFR 773.4.
    North Dakota's proposed language at NDAC 69-05.2-10-01(7) states 
that business entity information must be entered into AVS according to 
requirements in NDAC 69-05.2-06-01. This language is consistent with 
OSMRE's rules which state that information from 30 CFR 778.11 
(Providing applicant and operator information) must be submitted along 
with information pertaining to 778.12(c).
    The proposed language also states that information pertaining to 
unabated or uncorrected violations must be entered into the database 
according to NDAC 69-05.2-06-02, which is consistent with the Federal 
reference to 30 CFR 773.8(b)(2). North Dakota's proposed language 
stipulates that information entered into AVS according to NDAC 69-05.2-
10-01(7)(a) must be updated throughout the permit review process as new 
information becomes available. This language is consistent with the 
Federal Regulation that outlines the same requirement in 30 CFR 773.8.
    North Dakota proposes to add NDAC 69-05.2-10-01(8), which is 
consistent with 30 CFR 773.9. This part states that prior to a permit 
eligibility determination, information in AVS and from other sources 
will be reviewed to make ownership and control findings. The language 
contained in this part indicates that review of this information is 
necessary to make a permit eligibility determination based on 
subsections 1 through 5 of NDAC 69-05.2-10-03. This proposed addition 
is substantially the same as the relevant portions of the counterpart 
Federal regulations at 30 CFR 773.8 and 773.9.
    North Dakota also proposed additional language to NDAC 69-05.2-10-
01(9). These regulations in the North Dakota program, which are the 
counterparts to 30 CFR 773.10, state that permit eligibility will be 
dependent upon review of an applicant's and operator's permit history 
and mining experience. The North Dakota Rules state that the Commission 
rather than the regulatory authority (as stated in the Federal 
counterpart) will rely on information that the applicant submits, 
because the Commission is the regulatory authority within the state of 
North Dakota with jurisdiction over permit applications. North Dakota 
references NDAC Section 69-05.2-06-01 which details the required 
information to be submitted into the AVS whereas the Federal Regulation 
references 30 CFR 778.12. NDAC 69-05.2-06-01 is consistent with 30 CFR 
778.12 and is therefore the appropriate counterpart reference. This 
proposed addition is substantially the same as the counterpart Federal 
Regulation.
    North Dakota proposes to revise NDAC 69-05.2-10-01(10) which is the 
counterpart to 30 CFR 773.11. The Federal counterpart regulation states 
that this requirement pertains to compliance with SMCRA, ``the State 
regulatory program'' and ``other applicable air or water quality 
laws.'' This amendment states that the Commission will review an 
applicant's and operator's history, relying on information both in AVS 
and submitted by the applicant, to determine whether any laws or rule 
of North Dakota, SMCRA, or ``any law or rule in any state enacted under 
federal law or regulation pertaining to air, water or environmental 
protection have been violated in connection with any surface coal 
mining and reclamation operation.'' We find that North Dakota's broad 
interpretation of ``other applicable air or water quality laws'' is 
consistent with and no less effective than the Federal Regulation.
    North Dakota references NDAC 69-05.2-06-02 for the information the 
applicant submits whereas the Federal Regulation references 30 CFR 
778.14. Subsections 1 through 5 of NDAC 69-05.2-10-03 are referenced in 
place of 30 CFR 773.12. All references to the NDAC are consistent with 
the referenced Federal regulations and are therefore the appropriate 
counterpart references. This proposed addition, as with the other 
provisions, is consistent with and no less effective than the 
counterpart

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Federal regulations. We, therefore, are approving this portion of the 
amendment.
NDAC 69-05.2-10-03 Permit Applications--Criteria for Permit Approval or 
Denial
    North Dakota proposed to add language to subsection 5 of NDAC 69-
05.2-10-03 in order to make it consistent with the Federal counterpart 
rule at 30 CFR 773.12. This part states that the Commission will 
request a compliance history report from AVS to determine permit 
eligibility based on unabated or uncorrected violations, and that if 
the permit is denied the applicant will receive a written explanation 
and notification of appeal rights under North Dakota's appellate 
process. In this section of its rules, North Dakota provides reference 
to both subsection 2 of NDAC 69-05.2-06-01 and to subsection 6 of NDAC 
69-05.2-06-02 regarding new information which is required to be 
submitted, both of which are the counterparts to Federal regulations at 
30 CFR 778.9(d). This revised provision is consistent with and no less 
effective than Federal Regulation 30 CFR 773.12. Therefore, we are 
approving this portion of the amendment.
NDAC 69-05.2-10-07 Permit Applications--Challenges to Ownership or 
Control Listings and Findings
    North Dakota proposed to add NDAC 69-05.2-10-07 to make its rules 
consistent with 30 CFR 773.25, 773.26, 773.27, and 773.28. This section 
of the North Dakota rules addresses who may challenge ownership and 
control listings and findings, what evidence must be submitted under 
such a challenge, how the Commission makes a decision about ownership 
and control listings and findings, how to submit appeals regarding 
ownership and control findings, and how the AVS system is used to 
facilitate deliberation of ownership and control.
    With one exception, the language contained in this amendment is 
substantially the same as the counterpart Federal regulations. North 
Dakota did not include certain counterpart language included in 30 CFR 
773.27(b) in its proposed rule. 30 CFR 773.27(b) states that the 
materials presented in connection with a challenge to ownership and 
control listings and findings will become part of a permit file, an 
investigation file, or another publically available file. However, this 
amendment does not explicitly provide that the information submitted 
under this subpart will become publicly available. In lieu of 
explicitly stating this requirement, North Dakota elected to refer to 
its open records statute at North Dakota Century Code (NDCC) 44-04-18 
which states ``except as otherwise specifically provided by law, all 
records of a public entity are public records.'' There is no specific 
exception in this section of NDCC which would apply to challenges to 
AVS findings. Additionally, North Dakota has specifically stated that 
the information submitted in connection with a challenge to AVS 
findings in the state will be publically available upon approval of 
this amendment unless a request is made to hold certain information as 
confidential. Thus, we find this provision to be consistent with the 
Federal Regulation.
    The Federal Regulation at 30 CFR 773.27(b) states that the 
regulatory authority upon request will hold as confidential any 
information submitted in an ownership and control challenge which is 
not required to be made available to the public under 30 CFR 840.14, 
which references 772.15(b) and 773.6(d). 30 CFR 772.15 states that the 
regulatory authority shall keep information confidential if the person 
submitting it requests in writing, at the time of submission, that it 
be kept confidential and the information concerns trade secrets or is 
privileged commercial or financial information relating to the 
competitive rights of the persons intending to conduct coal 
exploration. Under 30 CFR 773.6(d), certain chemical analyses of coal, 
archaeological resources, and information submitted under Section 508 
of SMCRA are also listed as potential confidential information. 
Similarly, North Dakota has provisions under subsection 3 of North 
Dakota Century Code Section 38-14.1-13 to hold confidential information 
which pertains only to the analysis of the chemical and physical 
properties of the coal. NDAC 69-05.2-10-07(7) states that a request to 
hold materials submitted under this section as a trade secret may be 
made to the commission following the procedures of North Dakota 
Administrative Code chapter 69-02-09. Thus, we find that North Dakota's 
rule at NDAC 69-05.2-10-07 is consistent with and no less effective 
than Federal regulations at 30 CFR 773.25, 773.26, 773.27, and 773.28. 
Therefore, we are approving this portion of the amendment.
NDAC 69-05.2-10-08 Permit Applications--Commission Actions Related to 
Ownership and Control Information After Permit Issuance
    North Dakota proposed to add NDAC Section 69-05.2-10-08 to its 
rules to make them consistent with 30 CFR 774.11. This Rule addresses 
permit eligibility determinations. It states how information must be 
entered into AVS and that AVS will be used to discover any unabated 
violations permittees and owners/controllers have with other mines that 
they own or control. It also includes information about how permanent 
permit ineligibility findings can be made by the Commission, what these 
findings are based on, and the due process under which such findings 
are made. This proposed addition to North Dakota's Rules is consistent 
with and no less effective than the counterpart Federal Regulation at 
30 CFR 774.11. We, therefore, are approving it.
NDAC 69-05.2-10-09 Permit Applications--Ownership and Control 
Requirements for Permittees After Permit Issuance
    North Dakota proposed to add NDAC Section 69-05.2-10-09 to make its 
rules consistent with 30 CFR 774.12 and 778.11(d) to include all 
applicable provisions in the Federal counterpart rules. This new 
section states that a permittee must update pertinent information 
required by NDAC 69-05.2-06-01 after either receiving a cessation order 
or if there is a change to any position of any person who has ownership 
or control of the applicant identified in subdivision e of subsection 1 
of NDAC 69-05.2-06-01, whose Federal counterpart rule is 30 CFR 778.11.
    The North Dakota rule language at NDAC 69-05.2-10-09 provides State 
counterpart language to 30 CFR 778.11(d), which is referenced in 30 CFR 
774.12(c)(1). In subsection 3, North Dakota listed the requirements in 
their proposed language regarding information which must be provided 
after a change in ownership or control of the applicant. The list of 
requirements proposed by North Dakota in subsection 3 is identical to 
those referred to in the counterpart Federal regulations, located at 30 
CFR 778.11(d). The proposed North Dakota rules are consistent with and 
no less effective than the counterpart Federal regulations at 30 CFR 
774.12 and 778.11(d). Thus, we are approving it.

B. Revisions to North Dakota's Rules With No Corresponding Federal 
Regulations

NDAC 69-05.2-05-02 Permit Applications--General Requirements for Format 
and Contents
    North Dakota proposed to add stipulations to its rules which 
outline requirements for electronic permit

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submittals. Additionally, North Dakota is adding a requirement that 
permit submissions made electronically use underline and strikethrough 
to display proposed changes. OSMRE recognizes that the format of 
electronic permit submissions which are received from coal operators 
can be highly variable and that there are no specific standards in the 
Federal regulations which require certain formats for information 
submittal by electronic means. North Dakota's proposal to add 
specificity to their rules by incorporating these detailed requirements 
does not conflict with and is no less effective than the Federal 
Program. We, therefore, are approving it.

IV. Summary and Disposition of Comments

Public Comments

    We asked for public comments on the amendment (Administrative 
Record Document ID No. OSM-2012-0021-0001), but did not receive any.

Federal Agency Comments

    Under 30 CFR 732.17(h)(11)(i) and section 503(b) of SMCRA, we 
requested comments on the amendment from various Federal agencies with 
an actual or potential interest in the North Dakota program 
(Administrative Record Document ID No. OSM-2012-0021-0005).
    We received one response letter, dated December 7, 2012, from the 
Bureau of Land Management stating that they had no comments 
(Administrative Record Document ID No. OSM-2012-0021-0005).

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Concurrence and Comments

    Under 30 CFR 732.17(h)(11)(i) and (ii), we are required to get 
concurrence from EPA for those provisions of the program amendment that 
relate to air or water quality standards issued under the authority of 
the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.) or the Clean Air Act (42 
U.S.C. 7401 et seq.).
    None of the revisions that North Dakota proposed to make in this 
amendment pertain to air or water quality standards. Therefore, we did 
not ask EPA to concur on the amendment. Under 30 CFR 732.17(h)(11)(i), 
OSMRE requested comments on the amendment from EPA (Administrative 
Record Document ID No. OSM-2012-0021-0005). EPA did not respond to our 
request.

State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and the Advisory Council on 
Historic Preservation (ACHP)

    Under 30 CFR 732.17(h)(4), we are required to request comments from 
the SHPO and ACHP on amendments that may have an effect on historic 
properties. On November 28, 2012, we requested comments on North 
Dakota's amendment (Administrative Record Document ID No. OSM-2012-
0021-0005), but neither responded to our request. OSMRE does not 
believe this amendment will have an effect on historic properties given 
that it outlines a purely administrative process and will not affect 
any on-the-ground activities on surface coal mining and reclamation 
operations in the state of North Dakota, however we requested comments 
nonetheless.

V. OSMRE's Decision

    Based on the above findings, we approve North Dakota's November 14, 
2012 amendment ND-052-FOR. North Dakota has met all of the conditions 
outlined in the October 2, 2009 732.17(c) letter and has included all 
applicable revisions and/or additions to their rules.
    To implement this decision, we are amending the Federal regulations 
at 30 CFR part 934, which codify decisions concerning the North Dakota 
program. We find that good cause exists under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to 
make this final rule effective immediately. Section 503(a) of SMCRA 
requires that the State's program demonstrates that the State has the 
capability of carrying out the provisions of the Act and meeting its 
purposes. Making this regulation effective immediately will expedite 
that process. SMCRA requires consistency of State and Federal 
standards.

VI. Procedural Determinations

Executive Order 12630--Takings

    This rule does not have takings implications. This determination is 
based on the analysis performed for the counterpart Federal regulation.

Executive Order 12866--Regulatory Planning and Review

    This rule is exempted from review by the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) under Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and 
Review).

Executive Order 12988--Civil Justice Reform

    The Department of the Interior has conducted the reviews required 
by section 3 of Executive Order 12988 and has determined that this rule 
meets the applicable standards of subsections (a) and (b) of that 
section. However, these standards are not applicable to the actual 
language of State regulatory programs and program amendments because 
each program is drafted and promulgated by a specific State, not by 
OSMRE. Under sections 503 and 505 of SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1253 and 1255) 
and the Federal regulations at 30 CFR 730.11, 732.15, and 
732.17(h)(10), decisions on proposed State regulatory programs and 
program amendments submitted by the States must be based solely on a 
determination of whether the submittal is consistent with SMCRA and its 
implementing Federal regulations and whether the other requirements of 
30 CFR parts 730, 731, and 732 have been met.

Executive Order 13132--Federalism

    This rule does not have Federalism implications. SMCRA delineates 
the roles of the Federal and State governments with regard to the 
regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations. One of 
the purposes of SMCRA is to ``establish a nationwide program to protect 
society and the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal 
mining operations.'' Section 503(a)(1) of SMCRA requires that State 
laws regulating surface coal mining and reclamation operations be ``in 
accordance with'' the requirements of SMCRA, and section 503(a)(7) 
requires that State programs contain rules and regulations ``consistent 
with'' regulations issued by the Secretary pursuant to SMCRA.

Executive Order 13175--Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal 
Governments

    In accordance with Executive Order 13175, we have evaluated the 
potential effects of this rule on Federally recognized Indian Tribes 
and have determined that the rule does not have substantial direct 
effects on one or more Indian Tribes, on the relationship between the 
Federal government and Indian Tribes, or on the distribution of power 
and responsibilities between the Federal government and Indian Tribes. 
The rule does not involve or affect Indian Tribes in any way.

Executive Order 13211--Regulations That Significantly Affect the 
Supply, Distribution, or Use of Energy

    On May 18, 2001, the President issued Executive Order 13211 which 
requires agencies to prepare a Statement of Energy Effects for a rule 
that is (1) considered significant under Executive Order 12866, and (2) 
likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply,

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distribution, or use of energy. Because this rule is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866 and is not expected to have a significant 
adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy, a 
Statement of Energy Effects is not required.

National Environmental Policy Act

    This rule does not require an environmental impact statement 
because section 702(d) of SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1292(d)) provides that 
agency decisions on proposed State regulatory program provisions do not 
constitute major Federal actions within the meaning of section 
102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 
4332(2)(C) et seq).

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This rule does not contain information collection requirements that 
require approval by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq.).

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Department of the Interior certifies that this rule will not 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). 
The State submittal, which is the subject of this rule, is based upon 
counterpart Federal regulations for which an economic analysis was 
prepared and certification made that such regulations would not have a 
significant economic effect upon a substantial number of small 
entities. In making the determination as to whether this rule would 
have a significant economic impact, the Department relied upon the data 
and assumptions for the counterpart Federal regulations.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

    This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), of the Small 
Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. This rule:
    a. Does not have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million.
    b. Will not cause a major increase in costs or prices for 
consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, or local government 
agencies, or geographic regions.
    c. Does not have significant adverse effects on competition, 
employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of 
U.S. based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises.
    This determination is based upon the fact that the State submittal 
which is the subject of this rule is based upon counterpart Federal 
regulations for which an analysis was prepared and a determination made 
that the Federal regulation was not considered a major rule.

Unfunded Mandates

    This rule will not impose an unfunded Mandate on State, local, or 
tribal governments or the private sector of $100 million or more in any 
given year. This determination is based upon the fact that the State 
submittal, which is the subject of this rule, is based upon counterpart 
Federal regulations for which an analysis was prepared and a 
determination made that the federal regulation did not impose an 
unfunded mandate.

List of Subjects in 30 CFR Part 934

    Intergovernmental relations, Surface mining, Underground mining.

     Dated: July 1, 2014.
Ervin Barchenger,
Acting Director, Western Region.

    Editorial note:  This document was received for publication by 
the Office of Federal Register on December 10, 2014.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, 30 CFR part 934 is amended 
as set forth below:

PART 934--NORTH DAKOTA

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1. The authority citation for part 934 continues to read as follows:

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


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2. Section 934.15 is amended in the table by adding a new entry in 
chronological order by ``Date of Final Publication'' to read as 
follows:


Sec.  934.15  Approval of North Dakota regulatory program amendments.

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Original amendment submission    Date of final
             date                 publication      Citation/description
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November 14, 2012............  December 16,           NDAC 69-05.2-05-02
                                2014.                 NDAC 69-05.2-05-08
                                                      NDAC 69-05.2-06-01
                                                      NDAC 69-05.2-06-02
                                                      NDAC 69-05.2-10-01
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3. Section 934.16 is republished to read as follows:


Sec.  934.16  Required program amendments.

    Pursuant to 30 CFR 732.17(f)(1), North Dakota is required to submit 
to OSM by the specified date the following written, proposed program 
amendment, or a description of an amendment to be proposed that meets 
the requirements of SMCRA and 30 CFR Chapter VII and a timetable for 
enactment that is consistent with North Dakota's established 
administrative or legislative procedures.
    (a)-(cc) [Reserved]

[FR Doc. 2014-29384 Filed 12-15-14; 8:45 am]
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