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DOI/BLM RIN: 1004-AE60 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Update of the Communications Uses Program, Right-of-Way Cost Recovery Fee Schedules and Section 512 of FLPMA for Rights-of-Way 

The BLM is proposing to amend its right-of-way regulations to improve access to broadband communications and update the cost recovery fee schedules for ROW work activities. Additionally, this rule will implement vegetation management requirements to address fire risk from and to power line ROWs on public lands and national forests.

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 2800    43 CFR 2860    43 CFR 2880    43 CFR 2920   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 185 and 189    43 U.S.C. 1733    43 U.S.C. 1740    43 U.S.C. 1763   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

This proposed rule would address issues relating to 1) Idle iron by adding a definition of this term to clarify that it applies to idle wells and structures on active leases; 2) abandonment in place of subsea infrastructure by adding regulations addressing when BSEE may approve decommissioning-in-place instead of removal of certain subsea equipment; and 3) other operational considerations.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

30 U.S.C. 185 and 189, 43 U.S.C. 1733, 43 U.S.C. 1740, and 43 U.S.C. 1763.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/07/2022  87 FR 67306   
NPRM Comment Period End  01/06/2023 
Final Action  12/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Merged with 1004-AE69 
Agency Contact:
Dominica VanKoten
Division Chief, Lands, HQ-35- (Lands, Realty, and Cadastral)
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
301 Dinosaur Trail,
Santa Fe, NM 87508
Phone:571 266-9585