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DOI/OSMRE RIN: 1029-AC73 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Bond Requirements 

This rulemaking will update the office of Surface Mining Reclamation and enforcement (OSMRE) bonding regulations at 30 CFR part 800 to ensure there are sufficient funds to complete all of the required reclamation in the reclamation plan if the regulatory authority has to perform the work in the event of forfeiture.  This rule will particularly help state regulatory authorities make informed decisions about whether an applicant is financially stable enough to qualify for a self-bond or other bonding, and to continue to make that assessment throughout the life of the permit.  The rule will also consider incentives for mine operators to complete timely reclamation.

A revised rule is needed to address the uncertainty caused by the current market conditions, including that posed by companies that have filed for bankruptcy.  It will help ensure that companies are able to fulfill their reclamation responsibility and not pass the burden to states and taxpayers. 

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 800   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Kuhns
Physical Scientist
Department of the Interior
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
1951 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20240
Phone:202 208-2860