Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Notification of Methane Detected in Mine Atmosphere, 10718-10719 [E6-2981]

Download as PDF 10718 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 41 / Thursday, March 2, 2006 / Notices published in the Federal Register on December 6, 2005 (70 FR 72655). The investigation revealed that the petitioning workers of this firm or subdivision do not produce an article within the meaning of Section 222 of the Act. The Department reviewed the request for reconsideration and has determined that the petitioner has provided additional information. Therefore, the Department will conduct further investigation to determine if the workers meet the eligibility requirements of the Trade Act of 1974. Conclusion After careful review of the application, I conclude that the claim is of sufficient weight to justify reconsideration of the Department of Labor’s prior decision. The application is, therefore, granted. Signed at Washington, DC, this 22nd of February, 2006. Elliott S. Kushner, Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. E6–2972 Filed 3–1–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–30–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Notification of Methane Detected in Mine Atmosphere wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR 57.22004(c), 57.22229, 5722230, VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:54 Mar 01, 2006 Jkt 208001 5722231, and 57.22239; Methane Detected in Mine Atmosphere. DATES: Submit comments on or before May 1, 2006. ADDRESSES: Send comments to U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, John Rowlett, Director, Management Services Division, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2134, Arlington, VA 22209–3939. Commenters are encouraged to send their comments on a computer disk, or via Internet E-mail to Rowlett.John@dol.gov, along with an original printed copy. Mr. Rowlett can be reached at (202) 693–9827 (voice), or (202) 693–9801 (facsimile). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the employee listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Sections 103(c), (I), and (j) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 authorizes the inspection, recordkeeping and reporting requirements implemented in 30 CFR 57, Subpart T-Safety Standards for Methane in Metal and Nonmetal mines. Methane is a flammable gas found in underground mining. Methane is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, and it tends to rise to the roof of a mine because it is lighter than air. Although methane itself is nontoxic, its presence reduces oxygen content by dilution when mixed with air, and consequently can act as an asphyxiant when present in large quantities. Methane mixed with air is explosive in the range of 5 to 15 percent, provided that 12 percent or more oxygen is present. The presence of dust containing volatile matter in the mine atmosphere may further enhance the explosion potential of methane in a mine. Metal and Nonmetal mine operators are required to notify MSHA as soon as possible if any of the following events occur: (a) There is an outburst that results in 0.25 percent or more methane in the mine atmosphere; (b) there is a blowout that results in 0.25 percent or more methane in the mine atmosphere; (c) there is an ignition of methane; (d) air sample results indicate 0.25 percent or more methane in the mine atmosphere of a Subcategory I–B, I–C, II–B, V–B, or Category VI mine. If methane reaches 2.0 percent in a Category IV mine; or methane reaches 0.25 percent in the mine atmosphere of a Subcategory I–B, II–B, V–B, and VI mines, MSHA shall be notified immediately. MSHA investigates these occurrences to determine that the mine is placed in the proper category. PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Desired Focus of Comments MSHA is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the employee listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice, or viewed on the Internet by accessing the MSHA home page (http://www.msha.gov) and then choosing ‘‘Statutory and Regulatory Information’’ and ‘‘Federal Register Documents.’’ III. Current Actions MSHA is seeking an extension of the information collection related to certification and notification of methane detected in mine atmosphere. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration. Title: Methane Detected in Mine Atmosphere. OMB Number: 1219–0103. Recordkeeping: Certification of examinations shall be kept for at least one year. Frequency: On Occasion. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Respondents: 8. Responses: 416. Total Burden Hours: 36 hours. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintaining): $0. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 41 / Thursday, March 2, 2006 / Notices Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this 24th day of February, 2006. David L. Meyer, Director, Office of Administration and Management. [FR Doc. E6–2981 Filed 3–1–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Safety Standards for Roof Bolts in Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Underground Coal Mines wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR 56.3203(a), 57.3203(a), and 75.204(a); Safety Standards for Roof Bolts in Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Underground Coal Mines. DATES: Submit comments on or before May 1, 2006. ADDRESSES: Send comments to U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, John Rowlett, Director, Management Services Division, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2134, Arlington, VA 22209–3939. Commenters are encouraged to send their comments on a computer disk, or via Internet E-mail to Rowlett.John@dol.gov, along with an original printed copy. Mr. Rowlett can be reached at (202) 693–9827 (voice), or (202) 693–9801 (facsimile). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The employee listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 17:54 Mar 01, 2006 Jkt 208001 30 CFR 56/57.3203 and 75.204 address the quality of rock fixtures and their installation. Roof and rock bolts and accessories are an integral part of ground control systems and are used to prevent the fall of roof, face, and ribs. These standards require that metal and nonmetal and coal mine operators obtain a certification from the manufacturer that rock bolts and accessories are manufactured and tested in accordance with the 1995 American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) publication ‘‘Standard Specification for Roof and Rock Bolts and Accessories’’ (ASTM F432–95). II. Desired Focus of Comments Notice. VerDate Aug<31>2005 I. Background MSHA is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the employee listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice, or viewed on the Internet by accessing the MSHA home page (http:// www.msha.gov) and then choosing ‘‘Statutory and Regulatory Information’’ and ‘‘Federal Register Documents.’’ III. Current Actions MSHA is seeking to continue the requirement for mine operators to obtain certification from the manufacturer that roof and rock bolts and accessories are manufactured and tested in accordance with the applicable American Society for testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications and make that certification available to an authorized representative of the Secretary. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration. PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10719 Title: Safety Standards for Roof Bolts in Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Underground Coal Mines. OMB Number: 1219–0121. Frequency: On Occasion. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Respondents: 854. Estimated Time Per Respondent: .05 hours. Responses: 3,376. Total Burden Hours: 169 hours. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintaining): $0. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this 24th day of February, 2006. David L. Meyer, Director, Office of Administration and Management. [FR Doc. E6–2982 Filed 3–1–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P MISSISSIPPI RIVER COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meetings AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETING: Mississippi River Commission. TIME AND DATE: 9 a.m., April 3, 2006. PLACE: On board MISSISSIPPI V at River Park, Tiptonville, TN. STATUS: Open to the public. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: (1) Summary report by President of the Commission on national and regional issues affecting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Commission programs and project on the Mississippi River and its tributaries; (2) District Commander’s overview of current project issues within the Memphis District; and (3) Presentations by local organizations and members of the public giving views or comments on any issue affecting the programs or project of the Commission and the Corps of Engineers. 9 a.m., April 4, 2006. On board MISSISSIPPI V at Mud Island, Memphis, TN. STATUS: Open to the public. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: (1) Summary report by President of the Commission on national and regional issues affecting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Commission programs and projects on the Mississippi River and its tributaries; (2) District Commander’s overview of current TIME AND DATE: PLACE: E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 41 (Thursday, March 2, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 10718-10719]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-2981]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public 
Comment and Recommendations; Notification of Methane Detected in Mine 
Atmosphere

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a pre-clearance 
consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing 
collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to 
ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, 
reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, 
collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of 
collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed.
    Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is 
soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information 
collection related to the 30 CFR 57.22004(c), 57.22229, 5722230, 
5722231, and 57.22239; Methane Detected in Mine Atmosphere.

DATES: Submit comments on or before May 1, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and 
Health Administration, John Rowlett, Director, Management Services 
Division, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2134, Arlington, VA 22209-3939. 
Commenters are encouraged to send their comments on a computer disk, or 
via Internet E-mail to Rowlett.John@dol.gov, along with an original 
printed copy. Mr. Rowlett can be reached at (202) 693-9827 (voice), or 
(202) 693-9801 (facsimile).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the employee listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Sections 103(c), (I), and (j) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health 
Act of 1977 authorizes the inspection, recordkeeping and reporting 
requirements implemented in 30 CFR 57, Subpart T-Safety Standards for 
Methane in Metal and Nonmetal mines. Methane is a flammable gas found 
in underground mining. Methane is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, 
and it tends to rise to the roof of a mine because it is lighter than 
air. Although methane itself is nontoxic, its presence reduces oxygen 
content by dilution when mixed with air, and consequently can act as an 
asphyxiant when present in large quantities. Methane mixed with air is 
explosive in the range of 5 to 15 percent, provided that 12 percent or 
more oxygen is present. The presence of dust containing volatile matter 
in the mine atmosphere may further enhance the explosion potential of 
methane in a mine.
    Metal and Nonmetal mine operators are required to notify MSHA as 
soon as possible if any of the following events occur: (a) There is an 
outburst that results in 0.25 percent or more methane in the mine 
atmosphere; (b) there is a blowout that results in 0.25 percent or more 
methane in the mine atmosphere; (c) there is an ignition of methane; 
(d) air sample results indicate 0.25 percent or more methane in the 
mine atmosphere of a Subcategory I-B, I-C, II-B, V-B, or Category VI 
mine. If methane reaches 2.0 percent in a Category IV mine; or methane 
reaches 0.25 percent in the mine atmosphere of a Subcategory I-B, II-B, 
V-B, and VI mines, MSHA shall be notified immediately. MSHA 
investigates these occurrences to determine that the mine is placed in 
the proper category.

II. Desired Focus of Comments

    MSHA is particularly interested in comments that:
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting 
electronic submissions of responses.
    A copy of the proposed information collection request can be 
obtained by contacting the employee listed in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice, or viewed on the Internet 
by accessing the MSHA home page (http://www.msha.gov) and then choosing 
``Statutory and Regulatory Information'' and ``Federal Register 
Documents.''

III. Current Actions

    MSHA is seeking an extension of the information collection related 
to certification and notification of methane detected in mine 
atmosphere.
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration.
    Title: Methane Detected in Mine Atmosphere.
    OMB Number: 1219-0103.
    Recordkeeping: Certification of examinations shall be kept for at 
least one year.
    Frequency: On Occasion.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Respondents: 8.
    Responses: 416.
    Total Burden Hours: 36 hours.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $0.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget 
approval of the information collection request; they will also become a 
matter of public record.


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    Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this 24th day of February, 2006.
David L. Meyer,
Director, Office of Administration and Management.
 [FR Doc. E6-2981 Filed 3-1-06; 8:45 am]
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