Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Refuse Piles and Impounding Structures, Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements, 2544 [E8-534]

Download as PDF 2544 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 10 / Tuesday, January 15, 2008 / Notices Signed at Washington, DC, this 7th day of January, 2008. Elliott S. Kushner, Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. E8–593 Filed 1–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Refuse Piles and Impounding Structures, Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements ACTION: Notice. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or containing 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. DATES: Submit comments on or before March 17, 2008. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Debbie Ferraro, Records Management Branch, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2141, Arlington, VA 22209–3939. Commenters are encouraged to send their comments on computer disk, or via e-mail to ferraro.debbie@dol.gov. Ms. Ferraro can be reached at (202) 693–9821 (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 The Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 was amended by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 after the Buffalo Creek dam failure in 1972 in West Virginia. The refuse pile and impound standards, Title 30 CFR sections 77.215 and 77.216 had been enacted earlier in 1975 and were incorporated into the Act. Additional parts of these Sections were promulgated and enacted in 1992. The VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:48 Jan 14, 2008 Jkt 214001 standards require that the agency approve prudently engineered design plans for dams and their impoundments, as well as the plans for hazardous refuse piles that are routinely constructed by coal mine operators. Plan revisions are also required to be submitted for approval. In addition, the standards also require plans when one of these sites is to be abandoned. And plans are required when spontaneous fires erupt and need to be extinguished at the burning site. Records of weekly inspections and instrument monitoring are also required to ensure that the sites remain safe. Finally, the mine operators are also required to submit an annual status report and certification that guarantees that the site is being constructed in accordance with the approved plan, and the site has not been altered during the construction year. II. Desired Focus of Comments Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the information collection requirement related to the Refuse Piles and Impoundment Structures, Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements. MSHA is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of MSHA’s functions, including whether the information has practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of MSHA’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Suggest methods to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Address 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) to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond. 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 (https:// www.msha.gov/) and selecting ‘‘Rules and Regs’’, and then selecting ‘‘Fed Reg Docs.’’ III. Current Actions There are approximately 646 coal mine impounding structures and 46 hazardous refuse piles, for a total of 692 PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 sites. All impoundments and hazardous refuse piles are required by the standards to be constructed and operated in an approved manner. In addition, coal mine operators frequently revise construction plans to accommodate mining conditions, cycles or markets. Since these revisions to the structures can adversely affect a great number of people, such changes are required to be planned in a prudent manner and approved by the agency. Fire extinguishing plans are only required from an operator when a spontaneous combustion has occurred, and the operator is directed to extinguish the fire. Inspections on a weekly basis, or inspections at a longer interval for long established and stable impoundments (after the regulation changes in 1992), are required to ensure that precipitation, seismic activity, or perhaps an unknown construction flaw, has not adversely affected any part of the dam site. The annual status report and certification ensures that the company’s engineers confirm that the site is in accordance with the approved engineering plan. An abandonment plan approved by the agency ensures that a hazardous site is not left in place after all mining activity has ceased. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration. Title: Impounding Safety and Refuse Piles, Reporting Requirements, Certifications and Recordkeeping. OMB Number: 1219–0015. Recordkeeping: 3 years. Affected Public: Business or other for profit. Cite/Reference/Form/etc: 30 CFR Sections 77.215 and 77.216. Total Respondents: 692. Total Responses: 11,054. Total Burden Hours: 32,081. Total Burden Cost: $6,816,460. 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 10th day of January, 2008. David L. Meyer, Director, Office of Administration and Management. [FR Doc. E8–534 Filed 1–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P E:\FR\FM\15JAN1.SGM 15JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public 
Comment and Recommendations; Refuse Piles and Impounding Structures, 
Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

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 preclearance 
consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or containing 
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.

DATES: Submit comments on or before March 17, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Debbie Ferraro, Records Management Branch, 
1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2141, Arlington, VA 22209-3939. Commenters 
are encouraged to send their comments on computer disk, or via e-mail 
to ferraro.debbie@dol.gov. Ms. Ferraro can be reached at (202) 693-9821 
(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

    The Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 was amended by the 
Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 after the Buffalo Creek dam 
failure in 1972 in West Virginia. The refuse pile and impound 
standards, Title 30 CFR sections 77.215 and 77.216 had been enacted 
earlier in 1975 and were incorporated into the Act. Additional parts of 
these Sections were promulgated and enacted in 1992. The standards 
require that the agency approve prudently engineered design plans for 
dams and their impoundments, as well as the plans for hazardous refuse 
piles that are routinely constructed by coal mine operators. Plan 
revisions are also required to be submitted for approval. In addition, 
the standards also require plans when one of these sites is to be 
abandoned. And plans are required when spontaneous fires erupt and need 
to be extinguished at the burning site. Records of weekly inspections 
and instrument monitoring are also required to ensure that the sites 
remain safe. Finally, the mine operators are also required to submit an 
annual status report and certification that guarantees that the site is 
being constructed in accordance with the approved plan, and the site 
has not been altered during the construction year.

II. Desired Focus of Comments

    Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is 
soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the 
information collection requirement related to the Refuse Piles and 
Impoundment Structures, Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements. MSHA 
is particularly interested in comments that:
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of MSHA's functions, including 
whether the information has practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of MSHA's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
     Suggest methods to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and
     Address 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) to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond.
    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 
(https://www.msha.gov/) and selecting ``Rules and Regs'', and then 
selecting ``Fed Reg Docs.''

III. Current Actions

    There are approximately 646 coal mine impounding structures and 46 
hazardous refuse piles, for a total of 692 sites. All impoundments and 
hazardous refuse piles are required by the standards to be constructed 
and operated in an approved manner. In addition, coal mine operators 
frequently revise construction plans to accommodate mining conditions, 
cycles or markets. Since these revisions to the structures can 
adversely affect a great number of people, such changes are required to 
be planned in a prudent manner and approved by the agency. Fire 
extinguishing plans are only required from an operator when a 
spontaneous combustion has occurred, and the operator is directed to 
extinguish the fire. Inspections on a weekly basis, or inspections at a 
longer interval for long established and stable impoundments (after the 
regulation changes in 1992), are required to ensure that precipitation, 
seismic activity, or perhaps an unknown construction flaw, has not 
adversely affected any part of the dam site. The annual status report 
and certification ensures that the company's engineers confirm that the 
site is in accordance with the approved engineering plan. An 
abandonment plan approved by the agency ensures that a hazardous site 
is not left in place after all mining activity has ceased.
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration.
    Title: Impounding Safety and Refuse Piles, Reporting Requirements, 
Certifications and Recordkeeping.
    OMB Number: 1219-0015.
    Recordkeeping: 3 years.
    Affected Public: Business or other for profit.
    Cite/Reference/Form/etc: 30 CFR Sections 77.215 and 77.216.
    Total Respondents: 692.
    Total Responses: 11,054.
    Total Burden Hours: 32,081.
    Total Burden Cost: $6,816,460.
    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 10th day of January, 2008.
David L. Meyer,
Director, Office of Administration and Management.
[FR Doc. E8-534 Filed 1-14-08; 8:45 am]
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