This paper describes the regulatory requirements and procedures which will govern Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) mining activities. The regulatory environment for OCS mining is in the early stages of implementation in the United States. Although seven lease offerings involving nonenergy-related materials have been held in the past, the OCS Mining Program, Norton Sound Lease Sale will be the first competitive lease sale (offering) for nonenergy minerals conducted under new regulations promulgated in 1989. These regulations cover leasing and operations for minerals other than oil, gas and sulphur (Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 30, Parts 281, and 282). The regulations establish procedures for leasing and for postlease exploration and mining activities so that operations will be conducted in a safe and efficient manner which provides optimum protection for the environment and for human health and safety. This paper will be directed to the postlease processes.

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