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DOI/OSMRE RIN: 1029-AC64 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Temporary Cessation of Operations 

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) intends to revise its regulations governing the temporary cessation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations and underground mining activities under an approved permit. The proposed rule would require that before temporarily ceasing operations for a period of more than 180 days, a permittee submit an application to the regulatory authority for approval. The rule is needed to ensure that a temporary cessation of operations is not used to delay reclamation, that safety and environmental controls are in place, and that there is an end point to the cessation of operation.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 816    30 CFR 817   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Robert Postle
Manager, Program Support Division
Department of the Interior
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
Office of Surface Mining, P.O. Box 46667,
Denver, CO 80201
Phone:303 844-1400