The package, referred to as 'Strawman II', is a working document that represents EPA's latest staff position on an effective program to regulate wastes and other materials uniquely associated with noncoal mining. Strawman II does not represent a proposed rule. The package consists of two parts: (1) the Foreward, which describes the pre-rulemaking Strawman process, a background and overview of the mining waste program as envisioned in the package, and discussions of major issues concerning the program and its scope; and (2) the Regulatory Approach, presented as '40 CFR XXX, XXY, and XXZ' to reflect how the program might appear in regulatory language. Discussions and amplifications of specific points are also interspersed throughout the Regulatory Approach. EPA encourages all interested parties to convey their views on any and all aspects of the program concept.