Petitions for Modification, 56180-56181 [06-8248]

Download as PDF 56180 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 26, 2006 / Notices Dated at Arlington, Virginia this 19th day of September 2006. Ria Moore Benedict, Deputy Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. [FR Doc. 06–8247 Filed 9–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Petitions for Modification The following parties have filed petitions to modify the application of existing safety standards under section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44. 1. Excel Coal Company [Docket No. M–2006–057–C] Excel Coal Company, RD #2 Box 665, Shamokin, Pennsylvania 17872 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 75.1400 (Hoisting equipment; general) to its Three S. Slope Mine (MSHA I.D. No. 36–09309) located in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. The petitioner proposes to use the slope (gunboat) to transport persons in shafts and slopes using an increased rope strength/safety factor and secondary safety rope connection instead of using safety catches or other no less effective devices. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method would provide at least the same measure of protection as the existing standard. 2. Excel Coal Company pwalker on PRODPC60 with NOTICES [Docket No. M–2005–058–C] Excel Coal Company, RD #2 Box 665, Shamokin, Pennsylvania 17872 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 75.1100–2(a)(2) (Quantity and location of firefighting equipment) to its Three S. Slope Mine (MSHA I.D. No. 36–09309) located in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. The petitioner proposes to use portable fire extinguishers only to replace existing requirements where rock dust, water cars, and other water storage equipped with three, 10 quart pails is not practical. The petitioner asserts that equivalent fire protection will be provided for the mine with two portable fire extinguishers near the slope bottom and an additional portable fire extinguisher within 500 feet of the working face and that the proposed alternative method would provide at least the same measure of protection as the existing standard. VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:03 Sep 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 3. Excel Coal Company [Docket No. M–2006–059–C] Excel Coal Company, RD #2 Box 665, Shamokin, Pennsylvania 17872 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 75.1200(d) & (i) (Mine map) to its Three S. Slope Mine (MSHA I.D. No. 36–09309) located in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. The petitioner proposes to use cross-sections instead of contour lines through the intake slope at locations of rock tunnel connections between veins, and at 1,000 foot intervals of advance from the intake slope. In addition, the petitioner proposes to limit the required mapping of the mine workings above and below to those present within 100 feet of the vein being mined except when veins are interconnected to other veins beyond the 100-foot limit through rock tunnels. The petitioner states that due to the steep pitch encountered in mining anthracite coal veins, contours provide no useful information and their presence would make portions of the map illegible. The petitioner further states that use of cross-sections in lieu of contour lines has been practiced since the late 1800’s and provides critical information about the spacing between veins and proximity to other mine workings, which fluctuate considerably. Additionally, they state that the mine workings above and below are usually inactive and abandoned, and therefore, are not subject to changes during the life of the mine. Petitioner asserts that when evidence indicates that prior mining was conducted on a vein above or below and research exhausts the availability of mine mapping, the vein will be considered to be mined and flooded and appropriate precautions will be taken under 30 CFR 75.388, when possible. Thus, when potential hazards exist and mine drilling capabilities limit penetration, petitioner will drill surface boreholes to intercept the mine workings and will analyze the results prior to mining in the affected area. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method would provide at least the same measure of protection as the existing standard. 4. Excel Coal Company [Docket No. M–2006–060–C] Excel Coal Company, RD #2 Box 665, Shamokin, Pennsylvania 17872 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 49.2(b) (Availability of mine rescue teams) to its Three S. Slope Mine (MSHA I.D. No. 36–09309) located in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to permit the PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 reduction of two mine rescue teams with five members and one alternate each, to two mine rescue teams of three members with one alternate for either team. The petitioner states that the mine is small and an attempt to utilize five or more rescue team members in the mine’s confined working places would result in a diminution of safety to both the miners at the mine and the members of the rescue team. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method would provide at least the same measure of protection as the existing standard. 5. Big River Mining, LLC [Docket No. M–2006–061–C] Big River Mining, LLC, P.O. Box 186, New Haven, West Virginia 25626 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 75.900 (Low- and medium-voltage circuits serving threephase alternating current equipment; circuit breakers) to its Broad Run Mine (MSHA I.D. No. 46–09136) located in Mason County, West Virginia. The petitioner proposes to use a contactor in certain locations in series with the circuit breaker. The petitioner states that: (1) The contactors are designed and rated for switching and will switch a great number of times more than a circuit breaker without failure and are more reliable than circuit breakers for switching when used within their rating; (2) many of the installations use a circuit breaker in series with a contactor, but Big River Mining would like to use the circuit breaker for short circuit; (3) the contactor may be equipped to provide undervoltage, grounded phase protection, overload protection, and other protective functions normally provided by the circuit breaker; and (4) the contactors would provide undervoltage, grounded phase, overload, and monitor the grounding conductors for low- and medium-voltage power circuits serving three-phase alternating current equipment using the following special terms and conditions: (a) The nominal voltage of the power circuits(s) will not exceed 995 volts; (b) the nominal voltage of the control circuit(s) and audible alarms units will not exceed 120 volts; and (c) the contactor will be built into the same enclosure as the circuit breakers. Further details of the terms and conditions are listed in the petition for modification and are available upon request. The petitioner further states that the proposed alternative method would not be implemented until all qualified persons who perform work on the equipment and the circuits have received training in the safe E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 26, 2006 / Notices maintenance procedures and terms and conditions of the Proposed Decision and Order. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method would provide at least the same measure of protection as the existing standard. 6. Round Mountain Gold Corporation Round Mountain Gold Corporation, P.O. Box 480, Round Mountain, Nevada 89045 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 56.6309(b) (Fuel oil requirements for ANFO) to its Smoke Valley Common Operation (MSHA I.D. No. 26–00594) located in Nye County, Nevada. The petitioner proposes to install a commercially manufactured system (a Doerschneider oil blender) specifically engineered to blend recycled oil with diesel fuel in the manufacturing process for ANFO. The resulting blend of recycled oils and diesel fuel will be used to manufacture ammonium nitrate-fuel oil (ANFO) for blasting. Further details of the terms and conditions are listed in the petition for modification and are available upon request. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method would provide at least the same measure of protection as the existing standard. Request for Comments pwalker on PRODPC60 with NOTICES Persons interested in these petitions are encouraged to submit comments via e-mail to Standards-Petitions@dol.gov. Include ‘‘petitions for modification’’ in the subject line of the e-mail. Comments can also be submitted by fax, regular mail, or hand-delivery. If faxing your comments, include ‘‘petitions for modification’’ on the subject line of the fax. Comments by regular mail or handdelivery should be submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, Virginia 22209. If hand-delivered, you are required to stop by the 21st floor to check in with the receptionist. All comments must be postmarked or received by the Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances on or before October 26, 2006. Copies of the petitions are available for inspection at that address. Dated at Arlington, Virginia this 19th day of September 2006. Ria Moore Benedict, Deputy Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. [FR Doc. 06–8248 Filed 9–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P 21:03 Sep 25, 2006 [Notice (06-075)] National Environmental Policy Act; Advanced Radioisotope Power Systems National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Notice of Availability of Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (FPEIS) for the Development of Advanced Radioisotope Power Systems. AGENCY: [Docket No. M–2006–005–M] VerDate Aug<31>2005 NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION Jkt 208001 SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and NASA policy and procedures (14 CFR part 1216 subpart 1216.3), NASA has prepared and issued an FPEIS for the proposed development of two new types of advanced Radioisotope Power Systems (RPSs), the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) and the Stirling Radioisotope Generator (SRG). The purpose of this Proposed Action is to develop advanced power systems, specifically the MMRTG and the SRG, that would be able to function in the environments encountered in space and on the surfaces of planets, moons, and other solar system bodies that have an atmosphere thus enabling a broad range of long-term space exploration missions. Included in this Proposed Action are NASA’s long-term research and development (R&D) activities focused on alternative radioisotope power systems and power conversion technologies. The long-term R&D activities could include, but not necessarily be limited to, improvements to further increase the versatility of future RPS designs, expanding their capability and the environments in which they can operate. The long-term R&D activities are also expected to include activities to develop RPS designs with smaller electrical outputs and efforts to reduce the mass of power conversion systems to further improve specific power (watts of electrical power per unit of mass). Such long-term R&D activities do not involve the use of radioactive material. The only alternative to the Proposed Action considered in detail is the No Action Alternative, where NASA would discontinue development efforts for the production of the MMRTG and the SRG and would continue to consider the use of currently available RPSs, such as the PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56181 General Purpose Heat Source— Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (GPHS–RTG), for future exploration missions. As with the Proposed Action, NASA’s long-term R&D activities on alternative radioisotope power systems and power conversion technologies would continue. The Proposed Action is NASA’s preferred alternative. DATES: NASA will take no final action on the proposed development of advanced RPSs on or before October 30, 2006, or 30 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notice of availability (NOA) of the FPEIS for the Development of Advanced Radioisotope Power Systems, whichever is later. ADDRESSES: The FPEIS may be viewed at the following locations: (a) NASA Headquarters, Library, Room 1J20, 300 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20546. (b) NASA, NASA Information Center, Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135 after contacting the Freedom of Information Officer (866–404–3642). (c) Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Visitors Lobby, Building 249, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109. In addition, hard copies of the FPEIS may be examined at other NASA Centers (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below). Limited hard copies of the FPEIS are available for distribution by contacting Mr. David Lavery at the address, telephone number, or electronic mail address indicated below. The FPEIS also is available in Acrobat portable document format at http://spacescience.nasa.gov/admin/ pubs/rps/. NASA’s Record of Decision (ROD) will also be placed on that Web site when it is issued. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David Lavery, Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, Mail Suite 3T82, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20546–0001, telephone 202–358–4800, or electronic mail rpseis@nasa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NASA, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), proposes to: (1) Develop in the near-term and qualify for flight two advanced RPSs, the MMRTG and the SRG. The MMRTG and the SRG would be able to satisfy a broader range of future space exploration missions than are currently possible with existing radioisotope power technologies specifically, the GPHS–RTG used on the Galileo, Ulysses, Cassini, and New Horizons missions. The GPHS–RTG generates E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Petitions for Modification

    The following parties have filed petitions to modify the 
application of existing safety standards under section 101(c) of the 
Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44.

1. Excel Coal Company

[Docket No. M-2006-057-C]

    Excel Coal Company, RD 2 Box 665, Shamokin, Pennsylvania 
17872 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 75.1400 
(Hoisting equipment; general) to its Three S. Slope Mine (MSHA I.D. No. 
36-09309) located in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. The 
petitioner proposes to use the slope (gunboat) to transport persons in 
shafts and slopes using an increased rope strength/safety factor and 
secondary safety rope connection instead of using safety catches or 
other no less effective devices. The petitioner asserts that the 
proposed alternative method would provide at least the same measure of 
protection as the existing standard.

2. Excel Coal Company

[Docket No. M-2005-058-C]

    Excel Coal Company, RD 2 Box 665, Shamokin, Pennsylvania 
17872 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 75.1100-
2(a)(2) (Quantity and location of firefighting equipment) to its Three 
S. Slope Mine (MSHA I.D. No. 36-09309) located in Northumberland 
County, Pennsylvania. The petitioner proposes to use portable fire 
extinguishers only to replace existing requirements where rock dust, 
water cars, and other water storage equipped with three, 10 quart pails 
is not practical. The petitioner asserts that equivalent fire 
protection will be provided for the mine with two portable fire 
extinguishers near the slope bottom and an additional portable fire 
extinguisher within 500 feet of the working face and that the proposed 
alternative method would provide at least the same measure of 
protection as the existing standard.

3. Excel Coal Company

[Docket No. M-2006-059-C]

    Excel Coal Company, RD 2 Box 665, Shamokin, Pennsylvania 
17872 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 
75.1200(d) & (i) (Mine map) to its Three S. Slope Mine (MSHA I.D. No. 
36-09309) located in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. The 
petitioner proposes to use cross-sections instead of contour lines 
through the intake slope at locations of rock tunnel connections 
between veins, and at 1,000 foot intervals of advance from the intake 
slope. In addition, the petitioner proposes to limit the required 
mapping of the mine workings above and below to those present within 
100 feet of the vein being mined except when veins are interconnected 
to other veins beyond the 100-foot limit through rock tunnels. The 
petitioner states that due to the steep pitch encountered in mining 
anthracite coal veins, contours provide no useful information and their 
presence would make portions of the map illegible. The petitioner 
further states that use of cross-sections in lieu of contour lines has 
been practiced since the late 1800's and provides critical information 
about the spacing between veins and proximity to other mine workings, 
which fluctuate considerably. Additionally, they state that the mine 
workings above and below are usually inactive and abandoned, and 
therefore, are not subject to changes during the life of the mine. 
Petitioner asserts that when evidence indicates that prior mining was 
conducted on a vein above or below and research exhausts the 
availability of mine mapping, the vein will be considered to be mined 
and flooded and appropriate precautions will be taken under 30 CFR 
75.388, when possible. Thus, when potential hazards exist and mine 
drilling capabilities limit penetration, petitioner will drill surface 
boreholes to intercept the mine workings and will analyze the results 
prior to mining in the affected area. The petitioner asserts that the 
proposed alternative method would provide at least the same measure of 
protection as the existing standard.

4. Excel Coal Company

[Docket No. M-2006-060-C]

    Excel Coal Company, RD 2 Box 665, Shamokin, Pennsylvania 
17872 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 49.2(b) 
(Availability of mine rescue teams) to its Three S. Slope Mine (MSHA 
I.D. No. 36-09309) located in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. The 
petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to permit 
the reduction of two mine rescue teams with five members and one 
alternate each, to two mine rescue teams of three members with one 
alternate for either team. The petitioner states that the mine is small 
and an attempt to utilize five or more rescue team members in the 
mine's confined working places would result in a diminution of safety 
to both the miners at the mine and the members of the rescue team. The 
petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method would provide 
at least the same measure of protection as the existing standard.

5. Big River Mining, LLC

[Docket No. M-2006-061-C]

    Big River Mining, LLC, P.O. Box 186, New Haven, West Virginia 25626 
has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 75.900 (Low- 
and medium-voltage circuits serving three-phase alternating current 
equipment; circuit breakers) to its Broad Run Mine (MSHA I.D. No. 46-
09136) located in Mason County, West Virginia. The petitioner proposes 
to use a contactor in certain locations in series with the circuit 
breaker. The petitioner states that: (1) The contactors are designed 
and rated for switching and will switch a great number of times more 
than a circuit breaker without failure and are more reliable than 
circuit breakers for switching when used within their rating; (2) many 
of the installations use a circuit breaker in series with a contactor, 
but Big River Mining would like to use the circuit breaker for short 
circuit; (3) the contactor may be equipped to provide undervoltage, 
grounded phase protection, overload protection, and other protective 
functions normally provided by the circuit breaker; and (4) the 
contactors would provide undervoltage, grounded phase, overload, and 
monitor the grounding conductors for low- and medium-voltage power 
circuits serving three-phase alternating current equipment using the 
following special terms and conditions: (a) The nominal voltage of the 
power circuits(s) will not exceed 995 volts; (b) the nominal voltage of 
the control circuit(s) and audible alarms units will not exceed 120 
volts; and (c) the contactor will be built into the same enclosure as 
the circuit breakers. Further details of the terms and conditions are 
listed in the petition for modification and are available upon request. 
The petitioner further states that the proposed alternative method 
would not be implemented until all qualified persons who perform work 
on the equipment and the circuits have received training in the safe

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maintenance procedures and terms and conditions of the Proposed 
Decision and Order. The petitioner asserts that the proposed 
alternative method would provide at least the same measure of 
protection as the existing standard.

6. Round Mountain Gold Corporation

[Docket No. M-2006-005-M]

    Round Mountain Gold Corporation, P.O. Box 480, Round Mountain, 
Nevada 89045 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 
56.6309(b) (Fuel oil requirements for ANFO) to its Smoke Valley Common 
Operation (MSHA I.D. No. 26-00594) located in Nye County, Nevada. The 
petitioner proposes to install a commercially manufactured system (a 
Doerschneider oil blender) specifically engineered to blend recycled 
oil with diesel fuel in the manufacturing process for ANFO. The 
resulting blend of recycled oils and diesel fuel will be used to 
manufacture ammonium nitrate-fuel oil (ANFO) for blasting. Further 
details of the terms and conditions are listed in the petition for 
modification and are available upon request. The petitioner asserts 
that the proposed alternative method would provide at least the same 
measure of protection as the existing standard.

Request for Comments

    Persons interested in these petitions are encouraged to submit 
comments via e-mail to Standards-Petitions@dol.gov. Include ``petitions 
for modification'' in the subject line of the e-mail. Comments can also 
be submitted by fax, regular mail, or hand-delivery. If faxing your 
comments, include ``petitions for modification'' on the subject line of 
the fax. Comments by regular mail or hand-delivery should be submitted 
to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, Office of Standards, 
Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, 
Arlington, Virginia 22209. If hand-delivered, you are required to stop 
by the 21st floor to check in with the receptionist. All comments must 
be postmarked or received by the Office of Standards, Regulations, and 
Variances on or before October 26, 2006. Copies of the petitions are 
available for inspection at that address.

    Dated at Arlington, Virginia this 19th day of September 2006.
Ria Moore Benedict,
Deputy Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances.
[FR Doc. 06-8248 Filed 9-25-06; 8:45 am]
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