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USDA/FS RIN: 0596-AD32 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Update and Clarification of the Locatable Minerals Regulations 

The Forest Service proposes the amendment of its locatable mineral regulations to better reflect the needs of our national defense and economic prosperity. Recent issues and existing weaknesses in the current regulations have been identified, and updating regulations addressing these would allow the Forest Service to better implement its mining regulations. Specifically, the Forest Service is considering in this proposed rule to 1) expedite review and approval of certain proposed mineral operations; 2) increase consistency with the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) surface management regulations; and 3) increase consistency within the Forest Service’s nationwide regulation of mineral operations.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 36 CFR 228 (A)   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 612   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  09/13/2018  83 FR 46451   
ANPRM Comment Period End  10/15/2018 
NPRM  07/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Nathan Morris
Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 271-8908