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Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill TailingsProposed Rule2017-0057301/19/2017ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYEnvironmental Protection AgencyThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new health and environmental protection standards under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA) of 1978. The standards proposed in this action would be appl … The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new health and environmental protection standards under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA) of 1978. The standards proposed in this action would be applicable to byproduct materials produced by uranium in-situ recovery (ISR) and would be implemented by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and NRC Agreement States. The EPA initially proposed new health and environmental protection standards for ISR facilities on January 26, 2015; however, the EPA has decided to re-propose the rule and seek additional public to comment on changes to the original proposal, including changes in the regulatory framework and approach, based on public comment and new information received from stakeholders. The first standards for uranium recovery were issued by the EPA in 1983 when conventional mining and milling were the predominant methods of uranium extraction, and were last amended in 1995. Since the early 1990s, ISR has mostly replaced conventional milling. This proposed rule would strengthen the existing regulations for uranium recovery by adopting new standards addressing groundwater hazards specific to ISR facilities. As with the original proposal, the primary focus of this proposal is groundwater protection, restoration and long-term stability. The most significant changes from the original proposal include: Removing the default 30-year long-term monitoring provision and shifting to a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle C corrective action framework as a model rather than a RCRA Subtitle C landfill framework; adding specific criteria and procedures for approving termination of long-term stability monitoring; deleting gross alpha particle activity from proposed Table 1 to subpart F of 40 CFR part 192, and allowing more flexibility for the NRC or Agreement States to determine on a site-specific basis the constituents for which concentration based standards are set. The EPA has also sought to clarify how these standards under UMTRCA complement, and do not overlap with, the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This action also proposes amendments to certain provisions of the existing rule to address a ruling of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, to update a cross-reference to another environmental standard and to correct certain technical and typographical errors. The proposed rule has been informed by input from the NRC, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), states, tribes, industry, environmental groups and other stakeholders, and would promote public health and protect groundwater by reducing the potential for groundwater contamination after production has ceased, and in aquifers adjacent to ISR facilities during uranium recovery.health-and-environmental-protection-standards-for-uranium-and-thorium-mill-tailingsFR-Doc-2017-00573
Petition To Initiate Rulemaking; Ensuring That Companies With a History of Financial Insolvency, and Their Subsidiary Companies, Are Not Allowed to Self-Bond Coal Mining OperationsProposed Rule2016-1175505/20/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), seek comments concerning a petition, submitted pursuant to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA or the Act), requesting that we amend our self-bon … We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), seek comments concerning a petition, submitted pursuant to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA or the Act), requesting that we amend our self-bonding regulations to ensure that companies with a history of financial insolvency, and their subsidiary companies, are not allowed to self-bond coal mining operations. We are requesting comments on the merits of the petition and the rule changes suggested in the petition. Comments received will assist the Director of OSMRE in making the decision whether to grant or deny the petition.petition-to-initiate-rulemaking-ensuring-that-companies-with-a-history-of-financial-insolvency-andFR-Doc-2016-11755
Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill TailingsProposed Rule2015-0027601/26/2015ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYEnvironmental Protection AgencyThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to add new health and environmental protection standards to regulations promulgated under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 (``UMTRCA'' or ``the Act''). The … The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to add new health and environmental protection standards to regulations promulgated under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 (``UMTRCA'' or ``the Act''). The proposed standards will regulate byproduct materials produced by uranium in-situ recovery (ISR), including both surface and subsurface standards, with a primary focus on groundwater protection, restoration and stability. ISR has a greater potential to directly affect groundwater than does conventional milling. Therefore, by explicitly addressing the most significant hazards represented by ISR activities, these proposed standards are intended to address the shift toward ISR as the dominant form of uranium recovery that has occurred since the standards for uranium and thorium mill tailings were initially promulgated in 1983. The general standards proposed today, when final, will be implemented by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This action also proposes to amend specific provisions in the current Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings rule to address a ruling of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, to update a cross- reference to another environmental standard and to correct certain technical and typographical errors that have been identified since the 1983 promulgation.health-and-environmental-protection-standards-for-uranium-and-thorium-mill-tailingsFR-Doc-2015-00276
Truckee River Operating AgreementRuleE8-2873812/05/2008DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThe Bureau of Reclamation is publishing this rule to comply with the requirements of the Truckee-Carson-Pyramid Lake Water Rights Settlement Act. The Settlement Act requires that the operating agreement negotiated with the States of Ca … The Bureau of Reclamation is publishing this rule to comply with the requirements of the Truckee-Carson-Pyramid Lake Water Rights Settlement Act. The Settlement Act requires that the operating agreement negotiated with the States of California and Nevada for the operation of Truckee River Reservoirs (the five Federal reservoirs in the Truckee River basin) be promulgated as a Federal Regulation.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2008/12/05/E8-28738/truckee-river-operating-agreementFR-Doc-E8-28738
Use of Bureau of Reclamation Land, Facilities, and WaterbodiesRuleE8-2874012/05/2008DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThe Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is adopting this final rule on the use of Reclamation land, facilities, and waterbodies. This final rule addresses activities involving the possession or occupancy of any portion of, an … The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is adopting this final rule on the use of Reclamation land, facilities, and waterbodies. This final rule addresses activities involving the possession or occupancy of any portion of, and the extraction or disturbance of any natural resources from, Reclamation land, facilities, and waterbodies. This final rule supersedes the current rule which was originally published in 1983 and partially revised in April 2006.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2008/12/05/E8-28740/use-of-bureau-of-reclamation-land-facilities-and-waterbodiesFR-Doc-E8-28740
Operation of the Truckee River and Other ReservoirsProposed RuleE8-2117709/15/2008DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThe Bureau of Reclamation is proposing this rule to comply with the requirements of the Truckee-Carson-Pyramid Lake Water Rights Settlement Act. The Settlement Act requires that the operating agreement negotiated with the States of Ca … The Bureau of Reclamation is proposing this rule to comply with the requirements of the Truckee-Carson-Pyramid Lake Water Rights Settlement Act. The Settlement Act requires that the operating agreement negotiated with the States of California and Nevada for the operation of Truckee River Reservoirs (the five Federal reservoirs in the Truckee River basin) be promulgated as a Federal Regulation.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2008/09/15/E8-21177/operation-of-the-truckee-river-and-other-reservoirsFR-Doc-E8-21177
Use of Bureau of Reclamation Land, Facilities, and WaterbodiesProposed RuleE8-1649607/18/2008DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThe Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes a rule on the use of Reclamation land, facilities, and waterbodies. The proposed rule addresses among other topics the cost recovery of fees for authorized uses involving the possession … The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes a rule on the use of Reclamation land, facilities, and waterbodies. The proposed rule addresses among other topics the cost recovery of fees for authorized uses involving the possession or occupancy of any portion of, and the extraction or disturbance of any natural resource from Reclamation land, facilities, and waterbodies; how to apply for a use authorization including what application forms to use; and what uses are prohibited and associated consequences. When finalized, the proposed rule will supersede the current rule which was originally published in 1983 and partially revised in April 2006.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2008/07/18/E8-16496/use-of-bureau-of-reclamation-land-facilities-and-waterbodiesFR-Doc-E8-16496
Locatable Minerals OperationsProposed RuleE8-574603/25/2008DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentThis proposed rule would revise the regulations for locatable minerals operations conducted on National Forest System lands. The revised rule would apply to prospecting, exploration, development, mining and processing operations, and r … This proposed rule would revise the regulations for locatable minerals operations conducted on National Forest System lands. The revised rule would apply to prospecting, exploration, development, mining and processing operations, and reclamation under the Mining Law of May 10, 1872, as amended. The Forest Service invites written comments on this proposed rule.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2008/03/25/E8-5746/locatable-minerals-operationsFR-Doc-E8-5746
Use of Bureau of Reclamation Land, Facilities, and WaterbodiesProposed RuleE7-1384707/18/2007DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThe Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes a rule on the use of Reclamation land, facilities, and waterbodies. When finalized, the proposed rule will supersede the current rule which was originally published in 1983 and partial … The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes a rule on the use of Reclamation land, facilities, and waterbodies. When finalized, the proposed rule will supersede the current rule which was originally published in 1983 and partially revised in April 2006.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2007/07/18/E7-13847/use-of-bureau-of-reclamation-land-facilities-and-waterbodiesFR-Doc-E7-13847
Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations; Excess Spoil; Stream Buffer Zones; DiversionsProposed Rule04-26601/07/2004DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are proposing to amend our regulations to accomplish two basic goals: Minimizing the adverse environmental effects stemming from the construction of excess spoil fills … We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are proposing to amend our regulations to accomplish two basic goals: Minimizing the adverse environmental effects stemming from the construction of excess spoil fills; and clarifying the circumstances in which mining activities, such as the construction of excess spoil fills, may be allowed within the stream buffer zone (SBZ), i.e., within 100 feet of a perennial or intermittent stream. By these changes, we intend to clarify our program requirements and reduce the regulatory uncertainty concerning these matters. These changes will also reduce conflicts and improve consistency between regulation under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) and regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA). More specifically, we intend to minimize the environmental effects from excess spoil fill construction by requiring that the coal operator demonstrate to the satisfaction of the regulatory authority that, to the extent possible, the volume of excess spoil is minimized; excess spoil fills associated with a mine are designed to be no larger than needed to accommodate the anticipated volume of excess spoil from that mine; alternative configurations for excess spoil disposal, including alternative sizes, numbers and locations of fill are considered; and the proposed excess spoil disposal plan minimizes, to the extent possible, adverse impacts to the prevailing hydrologic balance, fish, wildlife, and related environmental values. We also propose to amend the regulation commonly referred to as the SBZ rule to more closely align with its basis in SMCRA and our experience in implementing the rule. These changes will require the applicant to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the regulatory authority, that the mining operation has been designed, to the extent possible, to minimize impacts on hydrology, fish and wildlife, and related environmental values and to prevent additional contributions of sediment to streams prior to allowing mining within 100 feet of a perennial or intermittent stream. We intend to revise rule language that is evidently confusing, has given rise to divergent, conflicting interpretations, has led to litigation, and has raised concern over restrictions that are not required by SMCRA and that might conflict with regulations under the CWA. Finally, we propose to amend our stream diversion regulation to comport with the proposed changes to the SBZ rule.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2004/01/07/04-266/surface-coal-mining-and-reclamation-operations-excess-spoil-stream-buffer-zones-diversionsFR-Doc-04-266
Reimbursement for Costs of Remedial Action at Active Uranium and Thorium Processing SitesRule03-1385806/03/2003DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentThe Department of Energy (DOE) adopts several technical and administrative amendments to its procedural regulations governing the reimbursement of remedial action costs at active uranium and thorium processing sites. Since it was e … The Department of Energy (DOE) adopts several technical and administrative amendments to its procedural regulations governing the reimbursement of remedial action costs at active uranium and thorium processing sites. Since it was enacted in 1992, the original legislation authorizing the program has been amended four times to increase the amounts authorized for reimbursement and to make technical changes. Today's regulatory amendments reflect the legislative amendments and make other technical corrections that have been identified since the original rule was issued. None of the amendments raise substantive issues or represent changes in policy.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2003/06/03/03-13858/reimbursement-for-costs-of-remedial-action-at-active-uranium-and-thorium-processing-sitesFR-Doc-03-13858
Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation NoticesRule03-464702/27/2003DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWe are revising our regulations governing the processing of State and tribal grant applications to build public facilities using Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Funds. The existing regulations require us to publish a Federal Regi … We are revising our regulations governing the processing of State and tribal grant applications to build public facilities using Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Funds. The existing regulations require us to publish a Federal Register notice whenever we receive a grant application to build a public facility. We are changing this requirement to one that requires us to publish a notice only when the Director of the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) finds it necessary to ensure adequate public notice of the grant application. We are also correcting errors in four cross-references.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2003/02/27/03-4647/abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-noticesFR-Doc-03-4647
Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation NoticesProposed Rule02-1537406/19/2002DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCurrently regulations require us to publish a Federal Register notice whenever we receive a State or tribal application to build public facilities using Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Funds. We propose to change this requirement so th … Currently regulations require us to publish a Federal Register notice whenever we receive a State or tribal application to build public facilities using Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Funds. We propose to change this requirement so that we would publish a notice only when the Director of the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) finds it necessary. We also propose to correct errors in four cross-references.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2002/06/19/02-15374/abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-noticesFR-Doc-02-15374
Acreage Limitation Rules and Regulations-Changes to Addresses for Submitting AppealsRule02-707203/25/2002DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThe Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is revising its regulations governing acreage limitation appeals to reflect a change of address for submitting appeals to the Commissioner of Reclamation and a change of address for submitting ap … The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is revising its regulations governing acreage limitation appeals to reflect a change of address for submitting appeals to the Commissioner of Reclamation and a change of address for submitting appeals to the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA). The change of address for the Commissioner is being made to facilitate the processing of appeals, while the change of address for OHA is needed because that agency is moving to a new building in Arlington, Virginia, effective February 11, 2002.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2002/03/25/02-7072/acreage-limitation-rules-and-regulations-changes-to-addresses-for-submitting-appealsFR-Doc-02-7072
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