Proposed Information Collection Request; Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Health Standards for Diesel Particulates Matter (Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines), 11973-11974 [E9-6030]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 53 / Friday, March 20, 2009 / Notices display a currently valid OMB control number. See 44 U.S.C. 3512. This Notice revises the collections of information contained in the ICR titled Notice Requirements of the Health Care Continuation Coverage Provisions approved under OMB Control Number 1210–0123. OMB has approved this revision to the ICR pursuant to the emergency review procedures under 5 CFR 1320.13. The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average approximately 7 minutes per respondent, including time for gathering and maintaining the data needed to complete the required disclosure. Interested parties are encouraged to send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attention: Departmental Clearance Officer, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N–1301, Washington, DC 20210 or e-mail DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov and reference the OMB Control Number 1210–0123. V. Models The Department has decided to make the model notices available in modifiable, electronic form on its Web site: http://www.dol.gov/COBRA. VI. Statutory Authority Authority: 29 U.S.C. 1027, 1059, 1135, 1161–1169, 1191c; Public Law 111–5, 123 Stat. 115; sec. 3001(a)(5), 3001(a)(2)(C), 3001(a)(7), and Secretary of Labor’s Order No. 1–2003, 68 FR 5374 (Feb. 3, 2003). Signed at Washington, DC this 17th day of March 2009. Alan D. Lebowitz, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employee Benefits Security Administration. [FR Doc. E9–6131 Filed 3–19–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Notice of a Change in Status of an Extended Benefit (EB) Period for South Carolina AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Labor. Notice. SUMMARY: This notice announces a change in benefit period eligibility under the EB program for South Carolina. VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:07 Mar 19, 2009 Jkt 217001 petition filed by an official of a Missouri State workforce office on behalf of workers of The Doe-Run Company, St. Louis, Missouri. The petitioner has requested that the petition be withdrawn. Consequently, the investigation has been terminated. Signed at Washington, DC, this 5th day of March 2009. Richard Church, Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. E9–5913 Filed 3–19–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P Information for Claimants The duration of benefits payable in the EB program, and the terms and conditions on which they are payable, are governed by the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970, as amended, and the operating instructions issued to the states by the U.S. Department of Labor. In the case of a state beginning an EB period, the State Workforce Agency will furnish a written notice of potential entitlement to each individual who has exhausted all rights to regular benefits and is potentially eligible for EB (20 CFR 615.13(c)(1)). Persons who believe they may be entitled to EB or who wish to inquire about their rights under the program should contact their State Workforce Agency. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Gibbons, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workforce Security, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Frances Perkins Building, Room S–4231, Washington, DC 20210, telephone number (202) 693–3008 (this is not a toll-free number) or by e-mail: gibbons.scott@dol.gov. Signed in Washington, DC, this 13th day of March 2009. Douglas F. Small, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration. [FR Doc. E9–6032 Filed 3–19–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FW–P Employment and Training Administration ACTION: The following change has occurred since the publication of the last notice regarding the State’s EB status: • The 13-week insured unemployment rate (IUR) for South Carolina for the week ending February 21, 2009, rose above 5.0 percent and exceeded 120 percent of the corresponding average rate in the two prior years. Therefore, beginning the week of March 8, 2009, eligible unemployed workers will be able to collect up to an additional 13 weeks of UI benefits. 11973 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration [TA–W–65,287] The Doe-Run Company; St. Louis, MO; Notice of Termination of Investigation Pursuant to Section 221 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, an investigation was initiated on February 18, 2009 in response to a worker PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Proposed Information Collection Request; Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Health Standards for Diesel Particulates Matter (Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines) 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 57.5060, 57.5065, 57.5066, 57.5067, 57.5070, 57.5071, and 57.5075—Health Standards for Diesel Particulates Matter (Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines). DATES: Submit comments on or before May 19, 2009. ADDRESSES: Send comments to, Debbie Ferraro, Management Services Division, 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). E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1 11974 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 53 / Friday, March 20, 2009 / Notices Statement’’ to view documents supporting the Federal Register Notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the employee listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: III. Current Actions I. Background Diesel particulate matter (DPM) is a probable carcinogen that consists of tiny particles present in diesel engine exhaust that can readily penetrate into the deepest recesses of the lungs. Despite ventilation, the confined underground mine work environment may contribute to significant concentrations of particles produced by equipment used in the mine. Underground miners are exposed to higher concentrations of DPM than any other occupational group. As a result, they face a significantly greater risk than other workers of developing such diseases as lung cancer, heart failure, serious allergic responses and other cardiopulmonary problems. The DPM rule for underground Metal and Nonmetal (MNM) miners establishes a permissible exposure limit (PEL) to total carbon, which is a surrogate for measuring a miner’s exposure to DPM. The rule includes a number of other requirements for the protection of miners’ health. 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 ADDRESSES section of this notice, or viewed on the Internet by accessing the MSHA home page (http:// www.msha.gov/) and selecting ‘‘Rules & Regs’’, and then selecting ‘‘FedReg. Docs’’. On the next screen, select ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act Supporting VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:07 Mar 19, 2009 Jkt 217001 Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the information collection requirement related to the health standard requirements for the protection of miners’ health related to Diesel particulate matter for underground Metal and Nonmetal mines. Underground mines are confined spaces which, despite ventilation requirements, tend to accumulate significant concentrations of particles and gases—both those produced by the mine itself (e.g., methane gas and respirable dust) and those produced by equipment used in the mine (e.g., diesel particulate). It is widely recognized that respirable particles can create adverse health effects. This information collection is provided to the MSHA inspector and used by the agency to monitor the mine operator’s compliance with the health standard. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration. Title: Health Standards for Diesel Particulates Matter (Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines). OMB Number: 1219–0135. Frequency: On Occasion. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Respondents: 173. Responses: 18,752. Total Burden Hours: 3,331 hours. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintaining): $176,363. 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 16th day of March, 2009. John Rowlett, Director, Management Services Division. [FR Doc. E9–6030 Filed 3–19–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2009–0004] 1,3-Butadiene Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Request for public comment. SUMMARY: OSHA solicits comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements contained in the 1,3Butadiene Standard (29 CFR 1910.1051). DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by May 19, 2009. ADDRESSES: Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments electronically at http:// www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions Online for submitting comments. Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693–1648. Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: When using this method, you must submit three copies of your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA–2009–0004, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N–2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service) are accepted during the Department of Labor’s and Docket Office’s normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t. Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA docket number for the ICR (OSHA– 2009–0004). All comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket without change, and may be made available Online at http://www.regulations.gov. For further information on submitting comments see the ‘‘Public Participation’’ heading in the section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at the E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 53 (Friday, March 20, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11973-11974]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-6030]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Proposed Information Collection Request; Submitted for Public 
Comment and Recommendations; Health Standards for Diesel Particulates 
Matter (Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines)

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 57.5060, 57.5065, 57.5066, 57.5067, 
57.5070, 57.5071, and 57.5075--Health Standards for Diesel Particulates 
Matter (Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines).

DATES: Submit comments on or before May 19, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to, Debbie Ferraro, Management Services 
Division, 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).

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    Diesel particulate matter (DPM) is a probable carcinogen that 
consists of tiny particles present in diesel engine exhaust that can 
readily penetrate into the deepest recesses of the lungs. Despite 
ventilation, the confined underground mine work environment may 
contribute to significant concentrations of particles produced by 
equipment used in the mine. Underground miners are exposed to higher 
concentrations of DPM than any other occupational group. As a result, 
they face a significantly greater risk than other workers of developing 
such diseases as lung cancer, heart failure, serious allergic responses 
and other cardiopulmonary problems.
    The DPM rule for underground Metal and Nonmetal (MNM) miners 
establishes a permissible exposure limit (PEL) to total carbon, which 
is a surrogate for measuring a miner's exposure to DPM. The rule 
includes a number of other requirements for the protection of miners' 
health.

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 ADDRESSES section of 
this notice, or viewed on the Internet by accessing the MSHA home page 
(http://www.msha.gov/) and selecting ``Rules & Regs'', and then 
selecting ``FedReg. Docs''. On the next screen, select ``Paperwork 
Reduction Act Supporting Statement'' to view documents supporting the 
Federal Register Notice.

III. Current Actions

    Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration is soliciting 
comments concerning the proposed extension of the information 
collection requirement related to the health standard requirements for 
the protection of miners' health related to Diesel particulate matter 
for underground Metal and Nonmetal mines.
    Underground mines are confined spaces which, despite ventilation 
requirements, tend to accumulate significant concentrations of 
particles and gases--both those produced by the mine itself (e.g., 
methane gas and respirable dust) and those produced by equipment used 
in the mine (e.g., diesel particulate). It is widely recognized that 
respirable particles can create adverse health effects. This 
information collection is provided to the MSHA inspector and used by 
the agency to monitor the mine operator's compliance with the health 
standard.
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration.
    Title: Health Standards for Diesel Particulates Matter (Underground 
Metal and Nonmetal Mines).
    OMB Number: 1219-0135.
    Frequency: On Occasion.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Respondents: 173.
    Responses: 18,752.
    Total Burden Hours: 3,331 hours.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $176,363.
    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 16th day of March, 2009.
John Rowlett,
Director, Management Services Division.
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