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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BH69 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Removal of Certain Exploration Regulations Implementing the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act 
Abstract: The Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act implementing regulations at 15 CFR 970 provide for NOAA's issuance of licenses for the exploration of deep seabed hard minerals. The provisions cited below pertain to exploration activities occurring prior to enactment of Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act in 1980 and appear to no longer have any operative effect, specifically: (1) 15 CFR 970.301, which provides requirements for applications based on pre-enactment exploration. Such applications were due to be submitted to NOAA no later than March 12, 1982; and (2) 15 CFR 970.2402, which provides notice requirements for companies engaged in pre-enactment exploration. This notice was due to NOAA no later than February 1, 1981. Although the Office for Coastal Management (which implements the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act Program at NOAA) believes these provisions may be appropriate for removal, further review will be necessary to determine if removal would result in any unforeseen consequences to the overall Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act Program. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 970   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2019 
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:
Kerry Kehoe
Federal Consistency Specialist
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Office for Coastal Management, 1305 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:240 533-0782
Email: kerry.kehoe@noaa.gov