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DOI/BLM RIN: 1004-AD93 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Coal Management: Lease Modifications; Lease and Logical Mining Unit Diligence; Advance Royalties; Royalty Rates; Bonds 

This rule will amend the coal management regulations that pertain to the administration of Federal coal leases and logical mining units (LMUs) by implementing the provisions of title IV, subtitle D of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-58) that include: Increasing the maximum acreage for a lease modification from 160 acres to 960 acres; new procedures for extending the life of an LMU beyond 40 years; changes in the procedures and standards for payment of advance royalty for leases and LMUs; elimination of the requirement to submit a resource recovery and protection plan within three years after the issuance or establishment of an LMU; and changes in procedures and standards for bonds used to ensure payment of the remaining balance of deferred bonus bids. The rule will also clarify the royalty rate that is applicable to continuous highwall mining operations conducted on Federal coal leases.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 43 CFR 3400    43 CFR 3430    43 CFR 3470    43 CFR 3480   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 189    30 U.S.C. 359    30 U.S.C. 1211    30 U.S.C. 1251    30 U.S.C. 1266    30 U.S.C. 1273    43 U.S.C. 1461    43 U.S.C. 1733    43 U.S.C. 1740   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/12/2013  78 FR 49080   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/11/2013 
Final Action  08/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Bill Radden-LeSage
Mining Engineer
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Room 2134 LM, 20 M Street SE.,
Washington, DC 20003
Phone:202 912-7116