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[Federal Register: October 30, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 210)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 54833-54862]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID: fr30oc01-24] ]

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Part III

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management

43 CFR Part 3800

Mining Claims Under the General Mining Laws; Surface Management; Final Rule and Proposed Rule

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management

43 CFR Part 3800

[WO-300-1990-PB-24 1A] RIN 1004-AD44

Mining Claims Under the General Mining Laws; Surface Management

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM or ``we'') amends its regulations governing mining operations involving metallic and some other minerals on public lands. We are amending the regulations by removing certain provisions of the regulations and returning others to those in effect on January 19, 2001. We intend these regulations to prevent unnecessary or undue degradation of BLM-administered lands by mining operations authorized under the mining laws. The approach BLM takes today balances the nation's need to maintain reliable sources of strategic and industrial minerals, while ensuring protection of the environment and natural resources on public lands. The hardrock mining regulations, including the changes adopted today, are consistent with the recommendations of the National Research Council (NRC), and protect the Federal Government from financial risk if operators are unable to perform reclamation.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This rule is effective December 31, 2001.

ADDRESSES: You may send inquiries or suggestions to Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, 401 LS, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert M. Anderson, 202/208-4201; or Michael Schwartz, 202/452-5198. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may contact us through the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800/877-8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. What is the Background of this Rulemaking?

II. How did BLM Change the Proposed Rule in Response to Comments?

III. How did BLM Fulfill its Procedural Obligations?

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