Petitions for Modification, 34962-34964 [E8-13813]

Download as PDF 34962 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 119 / Thursday, June 19, 2008 / Notices Description: The information obtained in this survey is used by the Department of Labor, other government agencies, academic researchers, the news media, and the general public to understand the employment experiences and school-towork transitions of men and women born in the years 1980 to 1984. For additional information, see related notice published at 73 FR 18573 on April 4, 2008. Darrin A. King, Acting Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. E8–13850 Filed 6–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–24–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES June 16, 2008. The Department of Labor (DOL) hereby announces the submission of the following public information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35). A copy of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, including among other things a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained from the RegInfo.gov Web site at https://www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain or by contacting Darrin King on 202–693–4129 (this is not a toll-free number) / e-mail: king.darrin@dol.gov. Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Telephone: 202–395–4816 / Fax: 202– 395–6974 (these are not toll-free numbers), E-mail: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov within 30 days from the date of this publication in the Federal Register. In order to ensure the appropriate consideration, comments should reference the applicable OMB Control Number (see below). The OMB is particularly interested in comments which: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:00 Jun 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 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 submission of responses. Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration. Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved collection. Title of Collection: Hazard Communication—30 CFR Part 47. OMB Control Number: 1219–0133. Form Number: None. Estimated Number of Respondents: 22,381. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 177,668. Estimated Total Annual Cost Burden: $13,199. Affected Public: Business or other forprofits (Mines). Description: MSHA’s Hazard Communication regulations at 30 CFR Part 47 require mine operators to use labels or other forms of warning necessary to inform miners of all hazards to which they are exposed, relevant symptoms and emergency treatment, and proper conditions of safe use of or exposure to hazardous chemicals. For additional information, see related notice published on April 8, 2008, at 73 FR 19104. Darrin A. King, Acting Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. E8–13851 Filed 6–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Petitions for Modification Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor. ACTION: Notice of petitions for modification of existing mandatory safety standards. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR Part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification filed by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards published in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations. DATES: All comments on the petitions must be received by the Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances on or before July 21, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by ‘‘docket number’’ on the subject line, by any of the following methods: 1. Electronic mail: StandardsPetitions@dol.gov. 2. Facsimile: 1–202–693–9441. 3. Regular Mail: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2349, Arlington, Virginia 22209, Attention: Patricia W. Silvey, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. 4. Hand-Delivery or Courier: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2349, Arlington, Virginia 22209, Attention: Patricia W. Silvey, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. We will consider only comments postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service or proof of delivery from another delivery service such as UPS or Federal Express on or before the deadline for comments. Individuals who submit comments by hand-delivery are required to check in at the receptionist desk on the 21st floor. Individuals may inspect copies of the petitions and comments during normal business hours at the address listed above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lawrence D. Reynolds, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances at 202–693–9449 (Voice), reynolds.lawrence@dol.gov (E-mail), or 202–693–9441 (Telefax), or contact Barbara Barron at 202–693–9447 (Voice), barron.barbara@dol.gov (Email), or 202–693–9441 (Telefax). [These are not toll-free numbers.] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) allows the mine operator or representative of miners to file a petition to modify the application of any mandatory safety standard to a coal or other mine if the Secretary determines that: (1) An alternative method of achieving the result of such standard exists which will at all times guarantee no less than the same measure of E:\FR\FM\19JNN1.SGM 19JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 119 / Thursday, June 19, 2008 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES protection afforded the miners of such mine by such standard; or (2) that the application of such standard to such mine will result in a diminution of safety to the miners in such mine. In addition, the regulations at 30 CFR 44.10 and 44.11 establish the requirements and procedures for filing petitions for modifications. II. Petitions for Modification Docket Number: M–2008–025-C. Petitioner: ICG Beckley, LLC, P.O. Box 49, Eccles, West Virginia 25836. Mine: Beckley Pocahontas Mine, MSHA I.D. No. 46–05252, located in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.1101– 1(b) (Deluge-type water spray systems). Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to permit blow-off dust covers to be eliminated for nozzles on delugetype water spray systems. The petitioner states that: (1) Functional tests as required under 30 CFR 75.1101–1 will be done weekly instead of annually; (2) functional tests are currently being done weekly and although more than adequate pressure and flow rates are maintained for the deluge system, in some tests the dust covers do not come off all sprays; (3) by doing the functional tests weekly, all sprays can be inspected and maintained on a weekly basis; and (4) the dust covers provide protection for sprays which are tested yearly and by testing weekly, the covers are not necessary. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method will provide no less than the same measure of protection than would be provided under the existing standard. Docket Number: M–2008–026–C. Petitioner: Hardway Coal Company, Inc., 44 Keystroke Lane, Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania 17972. Mine: Serill Mine, MSHA I.D. No. 36– 07730, located in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 77.1200(c) & (k) (Mine map). Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to permit the use of crosssections in lieu of contour lines at regular intervals through the area to be mined and to limit the required mapping of mine workings below to those present within 100 feet of the vein(s) being mined. The petitioner states that: (1) 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; (2) use of cross-sections in lieu of contour lines has been practiced since the late 1800’s thereby providing critical VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:00 Jun 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 information relative to the spacing between veins and proximity to other mine workings which fluctuate considerably; (3) the vast majority of current surface anthracite mining involves either the mining of remnant pillars from previous mining/mine operators or the mining of veins of lower quality in proximity to inaccessible and frequently flooded abandoned mine workings which may or may not be mapped; and (4) the mine workings below are usually inactive and abandoned, and therefore, are not subject to changes during the life of the mine, but active mines will be mapped. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method will in no way provide less than the same measure of protection than that afforded the miners under the existing standard. Docket Number: M–2008–027–C. Petitioner: Black Diamond Mining, Inc., P.O. Box 139, Elysburg, Pennsylvania 17824. Mine: Sioux Bank Operation, MSHA I.D. No. 36–08822, located in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 77.1200(c) & (k) (Mine map). Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to permit the use of crosssections in lieu of contour lines at regular intervals through the area to be mined and to limit the required mapping of mine workings below to those present within 100 feet of the vein(s) being mined. The petitioner states that: (1) 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; (2) use of cross-sections in lieu of contour lines has been practiced since the late 1800’s thereby providing critical information relative to the spacing between veins and proximity to other mine workings which fluctuate considerably; (3) the vast majority of current surface anthracite mining involves either the mining of remnant pillars from previous mining/mine operators or the mining of veins of lower quality in proximity to inaccessible and frequently flooded abandoned mine workings which may or may not be mapped; and (4) the mine workings below are usually inactive and abandoned, and therefore, are not subject to changes during the life of the mine, but active mines will be mapped. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method will in no way provide less than the same measure of protection than that afforded the miners under the existing standard. PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34963 Docket Number: M–2008–028–C. Petitioner: Premium Fine Coal, Inc., P.O. Box 2043, Hazleton, Pennsylvania 18201. Mine: Schuylkill Twp. Strip Operation, MSHA I.D. No. 36–08681, located in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 77.1200(c) & (k) (Mine map). Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to permit the use of crosssections in lieu of contour lines at regular intervals through the area to be mined and to limit the required mapping of mine workings below to those present within 100 feet of the vein(s) being mined. The petitioner states that: (1) 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; (2) use of cross-sections in lieu of contour lines has been practiced since the late 1800’s thereby providing critical information relative to the spacing between veins and proximity to other mine workings which fluctuate considerably; (3) the vast majority of current surface anthracite mining involves either the mining of remnant pillars from previous mining/mine operators or the mining of veins of lower quality in proximity to inaccessible and frequently flooded abandoned mine workings which may or may not be mapped; and (4) the mine workings below are usually inactive and abandoned, and therefore, are not subject to changes during the life of the mine, but active mines will be mapped. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method will in no way provide less than the same measure of protection than that afforded the miners under the existing standard. Docket Number: M–2008–029–C. Petitioner: Rossi Excavating Company, 9 West 15th Street, Hazelton, Pennsylvania 18201. Mine: Coleraine Operation, MSHA I.D. No. 36–09176, located in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 77.1200(c) & (k) (Mine map). Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to permit the use of crosssections in lieu of contour lines at regular intervals through the area to be mined and to limit the required mapping of mine workings below to those present within 100 feet of the vein(s) being mined. The petitioner states that: (1) Due to the steep pitch encountered in mining anthracite coal E:\FR\FM\19JNN1.SGM 19JNN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 34964 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 119 / Thursday, June 19, 2008 / Notices veins, contours provide no useful information and their presence would make portions of the map illegible; (2) use of cross-sections in lieu of contour lines has been practiced since the late 1800’s thereby providing critical information relative to the spacing between veins and proximity to other mine workings which fluctuate considerably; (3) the vast majority of current surface anthracite mining involves either the mining of remnant pillars from previous mining/mine operators or the mining of veins of lower quality in proximity to inaccessible and frequently flooded abandoned mine workings which may or may not be mapped; and (4) the mine workings below are usually inactive and abandoned, and therefore, are not subject to changes during the life of the mine, but active mines will be mapped. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method will in no way provide less than the same measure of protection than that afforded the miners under the existing standard. Docket Number: M–2008–030–C. Petitioner: Park Mine Coal Company, 294 Pine Creek Drive, Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania 17961. Mine: Park Mine, MSHA I.D. No. 36– 09304, located in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 77.1200(c) & (k) (Mine map). Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to permit the use of crosssections in lieu of contour lines at regular intervals through the area to be mined and to limit the required mapping of mine workings below to those present within 100 feet of the vein(s) being mined. The petitioner states that: (1) 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; (2) use of cross-sections in lieu of contour lines has been practiced since the late 1800’s thereby providing critical information relative to the spacing between veins and proximity to other mine workings which fluctuate considerably; (3) the vast majority of current surface anthracite mining involves either the mining of remnant pillars from previous mining/mine operators or the mining of veins of lower quality in proximity to inaccessible and frequently flooded abandoned mine workings which may or may not be mapped; and (4) the mine workings below are usually inactive and abandoned, and therefore, are not subject to changes during the life of the VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:00 Jun 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 mine, but active mines will be mapped. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method will in no way provide less than the same measure of protection than that afforded the miners under the existing standard. Jack Powasnik, Deputy Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. [FR Doc. E8–13813 Filed 6–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION Sunshine Act; Notice of Agency Meeting 10 a.m., Thursday, June 19, 2008. PLACE: Board Room, 7th Floor, Room 7047, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314–3428. STATUS: Open. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: 1. Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule—Part 723 of NCUA’s Rules and Regulations, Member Business Loans. RECESS: 10:30 a.m. TIME AND DATE: 10:45 a.m., Thursday, June 19, 2008. PLACE: Board Room, 7th Floor, Room 7047, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314–3428. STATUS: Closed. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: 1. Administrative Action under Sections 205 and 207 of the Federal Credit Union Act. 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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Petitions for Modification

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice of petitions for modification of existing mandatory 
safety standards.

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SUMMARY: Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 
1977 and 30 CFR Part 44 govern the application, processing, and 
disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of 
petitions for modification filed by the parties listed below to modify 
the application of existing mandatory safety standards published in 
Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

DATES: All comments on the petitions must be received by the Office of 
Standards, Regulations, and Variances on or before July 21, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by ``docket 
number'' on the subject line, by any of the following methods:
    1. Electronic mail: Standards-Petitions@dol.gov.
    2. Facsimile: 1-202-693-9441.
    3. Regular Mail: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and 
Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2349, Arlington, Virginia 22209, 
Attention: Patricia W. Silvey, Director, Office of Standards, 
Regulations, and Variances.
    4. Hand-Delivery or Courier: MSHA, Office of Standards, 
Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2349, 
Arlington, Virginia 22209, Attention: Patricia W. Silvey, Director, 
Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances.
    We will consider only comments postmarked by the U.S. Postal 
Service or proof of delivery from another delivery service such as UPS 
or Federal Express on or before the deadline for comments. Individuals 
who submit comments by hand-delivery are required to check in at the 
receptionist desk on the 21st floor.
    Individuals may inspect copies of the petitions and comments during 
normal business hours at the address listed above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lawrence D. Reynolds, Office of 
Standards, Regulations, and Variances at 202-693-9449 (Voice), 
reynolds.lawrence@dol.gov (E-mail), or 202-693-9441 (Telefax), or 
contact Barbara Barron at 202-693-9447 (Voice), barron.barbara@dol.gov 
(E-mail), or 202-693-9441 (Telefax). [These are not toll-free numbers.]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 
(Mine Act) allows the mine operator or representative of miners to file 
a petition to modify the application of any mandatory safety standard 
to a coal or other mine if the Secretary determines that: (1) An 
alternative method of achieving the result of such standard exists 
which will at all times guarantee no less than the same measure of

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protection afforded the miners of such mine by such standard; or (2) 
that the application of such standard to such mine will result in a 
diminution of safety to the miners in such mine. In addition, the 
regulations at 30 CFR 44.10 and 44.11 establish the requirements and 
procedures for filing petitions for modifications.

II. Petitions for Modification

    Docket Number: M-2008-025-C.
    Petitioner: ICG Beckley, LLC, P.O. Box 49, Eccles, West Virginia 
25836.
    Mine: Beckley Pocahontas Mine, MSHA I.D. No. 46-05252, located in 
Raleigh County, West Virginia.
    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.1101-1(b) (Deluge-type water spray 
systems).
    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the 
existing standard to permit blow-off dust covers to be eliminated for 
nozzles on deluge-type water spray systems. The petitioner states that: 
(1) Functional tests as required under 30 CFR 75.1101-1 will be done 
weekly instead of annually; (2) functional tests are currently being 
done weekly and although more than adequate pressure and flow rates are 
maintained for the deluge system, in some tests the dust covers do not 
come off all sprays; (3) by doing the functional tests weekly, all 
sprays can be inspected and maintained on a weekly basis; and (4) the 
dust covers provide protection for sprays which are tested yearly and 
by testing weekly, the covers are not necessary. The petitioner asserts 
that the proposed alternative method will provide no less than the same 
measure of protection than would be provided under the existing 
standard.

    Docket Number: M-2008-026-C.
    Petitioner: Hardway Coal Company, Inc., 44 Keystroke Lane, 
Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania 17972.
    Mine: Serill Mine, MSHA I.D. No. 36-07730, located in Schuylkill 
County, Pennsylvania.
    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 77.1200(c) & (k) (Mine map).
    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the 
existing standard to permit the use of cross-sections in lieu of 
contour lines at regular intervals through the area to be mined and to 
limit the required mapping of mine workings below to those present 
within 100 feet of the vein(s) being mined. The petitioner states that: 
(1) 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; (2) use of cross-sections in lieu of 
contour lines has been practiced since the late 1800's thereby 
providing critical information relative to the spacing between veins 
and proximity to other mine workings which fluctuate considerably; (3) 
the vast majority of current surface anthracite mining involves either 
the mining of remnant pillars from previous mining/mine operators or 
the mining of veins of lower quality in proximity to inaccessible and 
frequently flooded abandoned mine workings which may or may not be 
mapped; and (4) the mine workings below are usually inactive and 
abandoned, and therefore, are not subject to changes during the life of 
the mine, but active mines will be mapped. The petitioner asserts that 
the proposed alternative method will in no way provide less than the 
same measure of protection than that afforded the miners under the 
existing standard.

    Docket Number: M-2008-027-C.
    Petitioner: Black Diamond Mining, Inc., P.O. Box 139, Elysburg, 
Pennsylvania 17824.
    Mine: Sioux Bank Operation, MSHA I.D. No. 36-08822, located in 
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 77.1200(c) & (k) (Mine map).
    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the 
existing standard to permit the use of cross-sections in lieu of 
contour lines at regular intervals through the area to be mined and to 
limit the required mapping of mine workings below to those present 
within 100 feet of the vein(s) being mined. The petitioner states that: 
(1) 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; (2) use of cross-sections in lieu of 
contour lines has been practiced since the late 1800's thereby 
providing critical information relative to the spacing between veins 
and proximity to other mine workings which fluctuate considerably; (3) 
the vast majority of current surface anthracite mining involves either 
the mining of remnant pillars from previous mining/mine operators or 
the mining of veins of lower quality in proximity to inaccessible and 
frequently flooded abandoned mine workings which may or may not be 
mapped; and (4) the mine workings below are usually inactive and 
abandoned, and therefore, are not subject to changes during the life of 
the mine, but active mines will be mapped. The petitioner asserts that 
the proposed alternative method will in no way provide less than the 
same measure of protection than that afforded the miners under the 
existing standard.

    Docket Number: M-2008-028-C.
    Petitioner: Premium Fine Coal, Inc., P.O. Box 2043, Hazleton, 
Pennsylvania 18201.
    Mine: Schuylkill Twp. Strip Operation, MSHA I.D. No. 36-08681, 
located in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 77.1200(c) & (k) (Mine map).
    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the 
existing standard to permit the use of cross-sections in lieu of 
contour lines at regular intervals through the area to be mined and to 
limit the required mapping of mine workings below to those present 
within 100 feet of the vein(s) being mined. The petitioner states that: 
(1) 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; (2) use of cross-sections in lieu of 
contour lines has been practiced since the late 1800's thereby 
providing critical information relative to the spacing between veins 
and proximity to other mine workings which fluctuate considerably; (3) 
the vast majority of current surface anthracite mining involves either 
the mining of remnant pillars from previous mining/mine operators or 
the mining of veins of lower quality in proximity to inaccessible and 
frequently flooded abandoned mine workings which may or may not be 
mapped; and (4) the mine workings below are usually inactive and 
abandoned, and therefore, are not subject to changes during the life of 
the mine, but active mines will be mapped. The petitioner asserts that 
the proposed alternative method will in no way provide less than the 
same measure of protection than that afforded the miners under the 
existing standard.

    Docket Number: M-2008-029-C.
    Petitioner: Rossi Excavating Company, 9 West 15th Street, Hazelton, 
Pennsylvania 18201.
    Mine: Coleraine Operation, MSHA I.D. No. 36-09176, located in 
Carbon County, Pennsylvania.
    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 77.1200(c) & (k) (Mine map).
    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the 
existing standard to permit the use of cross-sections in lieu of 
contour lines at regular intervals through the area to be mined and to 
limit the required mapping of mine workings below to those present 
within 100 feet of the vein(s) being mined. The petitioner states that: 
(1) Due to the steep pitch encountered in mining anthracite coal

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veins, contours provide no useful information and their presence would 
make portions of the map illegible; (2) use of cross-sections in lieu 
of contour lines has been practiced since the late 1800's thereby 
providing critical information relative to the spacing between veins 
and proximity to other mine workings which fluctuate considerably; (3) 
the vast majority of current surface anthracite mining involves either 
the mining of remnant pillars from previous mining/mine operators or 
the mining of veins of lower quality in proximity to inaccessible and 
frequently flooded abandoned mine workings which may or may not be 
mapped; and (4) the mine workings below are usually inactive and 
abandoned, and therefore, are not subject to changes during the life of 
the mine, but active mines will be mapped. The petitioner asserts that 
the proposed alternative method will in no way provide less than the 
same measure of protection than that afforded the miners under the 
existing standard.

    Docket Number: M-2008-030-C.
    Petitioner: Park Mine Coal Company, 294 Pine Creek Drive, 
Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania 17961.
    Mine: Park Mine, MSHA I.D. No. 36-09304, located in Schuylkill 
County, Pennsylvania.
    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 77.1200(c) & (k) (Mine map).
    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the 
existing standard to permit the use of cross-sections in lieu of 
contour lines at regular intervals through the area to be mined and to 
limit the required mapping of mine workings below to those present 
within 100 feet of the vein(s) being mined. The petitioner states that: 
(1) 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; (2) use of cross-sections in lieu of 
contour lines has been practiced since the late 1800's thereby 
providing critical information relative to the spacing between veins 
and proximity to other mine workings which fluctuate considerably; (3) 
the vast majority of current surface anthracite mining involves either 
the mining of remnant pillars from previous mining/mine operators or 
the mining of veins of lower quality in proximity to inaccessible and 
frequently flooded abandoned mine workings which may or may not be 
mapped; and (4) the mine workings below are usually inactive and 
abandoned, and therefore, are not subject to changes during the life of 
the mine, but active mines will be mapped. The petitioner asserts that 
the proposed alternative method will in no way provide less than the 
same measure of protection than that afforded the miners under the 
existing standard.

Jack Powasnik,
Deputy Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances.
 [FR Doc. E8-13813 Filed 6-18-08; 8:45 am]
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