Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Main Fan Operation and Inspection in Gassy Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines, 42004-42005 [2012-17341]

Download as PDF 42004 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 17, 2012 / Notices in Dallas, Texas (TA–W–81,263A). The amended notice applicable to TA–W– 81,263 is hereby issued as follows: DATES: All workers of Chartis Global Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Chartis, Inc., Regional Processing Organization, Regional Service Center, Houston, Texas (TA–W–81,263) and Chartis Global Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Chartis, Inc., Regional Processing Organization, Regional Service Center, Dallas, Texas (TA–W–81,263A), who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after February 13, 2012 through February 13, 2014, and all workers in the group threatened with total or partial separation from employment on the date of certification through two years from the date of certification, are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Chapter 2 of Title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. ADDRESSES: Signed in Washington, DC, this 29th day of June 2012. Del Min Amy Chen, Certifying Officer, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. 2012–17375 Filed 7–16–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P Mine Safety and Health Administration [OMB Control No. 1219–0030] Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Main Fan Operation and Inspection in Gassy Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines I. Background Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor. ACTION: Request for public comments. 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 continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This program helps to assure 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 is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection for 30 CFR 57.22204. OMB last approved this information collection request on January 8, 2010. The package expires on January 31, 2013. SUMMARY: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Greg Moxness, Chief, Economic Analysis Division, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, MSHA, at moxness.greg@dol.gov (email); 202– 693–9440 (voice); or 202–693–9441 (facsimile). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: 16:53 Jul 16, 2012 Comments concerning the information collection requirements of this notice must be clearly identified with ‘‘OMB 1219–0030’’ and sent to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Comments may be sent by any of the methods listed below. • Federal E-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Facsimile: 202–693–9441, include ‘‘OMB 1219–0030’’ in the subject line of the message. • Regular Mail or Hand Delivery: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, VA 22209–3939. For hand delivery, sign in at the receptionist’s desk on the 21st floor. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF LABOR VerDate Mar<15>2010 All comments must be postmarked or received by midnight Eastern Time on September 17, 2012. Jkt 226001 Potentially gassy (explosive) conditions in underground metal and nonmetal mines are largely controlled by the main mine fans. When accumulations of explosive gases, such as methane, are not swept from the mine by the main fans, they may reasonably be expected to contact an ignition source. The results of such contacts are usually disastrous, and multiple fatalities may be reasonably expected to occur. The standard contains significantly more stringent requirements for main fans in ‘‘gassy’’ mines than for main fans in other mines. 30 CFR 57.22204, which only applies to metal and nonmetal underground mines that are categorized as ‘‘gassy,’’ requires main fans to have pressure-recording systems. This standard also requires main fans to be inspected daily while operating if persons are underground and certification made of such inspections by signature and date. Certifications and pressure recordings are to be retained for one year and made available to authorized representatives of the Secretary. This information collection addresses the recordkeeping associated with 30 CFR 57.22204. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Desired Focus of Comments The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the information collection related to this safety standard on main fan operation and inspection in gassy underground metal and nonmetal mines. MSHA is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the MSHA’s estimate of the burden of the 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. The public may examine publicly available documents, including the public comment version of the supporting statement, at MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, VA 22209–3939. OMB clearance requests are available on MSHA’s Web site at http:// www.msha.gov under ‘‘Rules & Regs’’ on the right side of the screen by selecting Information Collections Requests, Paperwork Reduction Act Supporting Statements. The document will be available on MSHA’s Web site for 60 days after the publication date of this notice. Comments submitted in writing or in electronic form will be made available for public inspection. Because comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information, MSHA cautions the commenter against including any information in the submission that should not be publicly disclosed. Questions about the information collection requirements may be directed to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION section of this notice. III. Current Actions The information obtained from mine operators is used by MSHA during inspections to determine compliance with this safety standard. MSHA has updated the data in respect to the E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 17, 2012 / Notices number of respondents and responses, as well as the total burden hours and total annual cost burden supporting this information collection extension request. Summary Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration. Title: Main Fan Operation and Inspection in Gassy Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines. OMB Number: 1219–0030. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Cite/Reference/Form/etc: 30 CFR 57.22204. Total Number of Respondents: 7. Frequency: Daily. Total Number of Responses: 6,930. Total Burden Hours: 2,386 hours. Other Cost Burden: $2,800. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and 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. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A). Dated: July 12, 2012. George F. Triebsch, Certifying Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–17341 Filed 7–16–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards codified 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 August 16, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by ‘‘docket number’’ on the subject line, by any of the following methods: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:53 Jul 16, 2012 Jkt 226001 1. Electronic Mail: zzMSHAcomments@dol.gov. Include the docket number of the petition in the subject line of the message. 2. Facsimile: 202–693–9441. 3. Regular Mail or Hand Delivery: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, Virginia 22209– 3939, Attention: George F. Triebsch, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations and Variances. Persons delivering documents are required to check in at the receptionist’s desk on the 21st floor. Individuals may inspect copies of the petitions and comments during normal business hours at the address listed above. MSHA 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Barron, Office of Standards, Regulations and Variances at 202–693– 9447 (Voice), barron.barbara@dol.gov (Email), or 202–693–9441 (Facsimile). [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 of Labor 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 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 modification. II. Petitions for Modification Docket No: M–2012–131–C. Petitioner: Blue Diamond Coal Company of Virginia (Previously Wolfpen Mining, LLC), Three Gateway Center, Suite 1340, 401 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222–1000. Mine: Mine No. 1, MSHA I.D. No. 46– 09084, located in McDowell County, West Virginia. Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.500(d) (Permissible electric equipment). Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42005 standard to permit an alternative method of compliance to permit the use of battery-powered nonpermissible surveying equipment in or inby the last open crosscut, including, but not limited to, portable battery-operated mine transits, total station surveying equipment, distance meters, and data loggers. The petitioner states that: (1) To comply with requirements for mine ventilation maps and mine maps in 30 CFR 75.372 and 75.1200, use of the most practical and accurate surveying equipment is necessary. (2) Application of the existing standard would result in a diminution of safety to the miners. Underground mining by its nature and size, and the complexity of mine plans, requires that accurate and precise measurements be completed in a prompt and efficient manner. The petitioner proposes the following as an alternative to the existing standard: (a) Nonpermissible electronic surveying equipment will be used when equivalent permissible electronic surveying equipment is not available. Such nonpermissible surveying equipment includes portable batteryoperated total station surveying equipment, mine transits, distance meters, and data loggers. (b) All nonpermissible electronic surveying equipment to be used in or inby the last open crosscut will be examined by surveying personnel prior to use to ensure the equipment is being maintained in a safe operating condition. These examinations will include the following steps: (i) Checking the instrument for any physical damage and the integrity of the case. (ii) Removing the battery and inspecting for corrosion. (iii) Inspecting the contact points to ensure a secure connection to the battery. (iv) Reinserting the battery and powering up and shutting down to ensure proper connections. (v) Checking the battery compartment cover to ensure that it is securely fastened. (c) The results of such examinations will be recorded and retained for one year and made available to MSHA on request. (d) A qualified person as defined in 30 CFR 75.151 will continuously monitor for methane immediately before and during the use of nonpermissible surveying equipment in or inby the last open crosscut. (e) Nonpermissible surveying equipment will not be used if methane is detected in concentrations at or above one percent for the area being surveyed. E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 137 (Tuesday, July 17, 2012)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration

[OMB Control No. 1219-0030]


Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Main Fan 
Operation and Inspection in Gassy Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Request for public comments.

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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 continuing collections 
of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. 
This program helps to assure 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 is 
soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information 
collection for 30 CFR 57.22204. OMB last approved this information 
collection request on January 8, 2010. The package expires on January 
31, 2013.

DATES: All comments must be postmarked or received by midnight Eastern 
Time on September 17, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Comments concerning the information collection requirements 
of this notice must be clearly identified with ``OMB 1219-0030'' and 
sent to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Comments may 
be sent by any of the methods listed below.
     Federal E-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
     Facsimile: 202-693-9441, include ``OMB 1219-0030'' in the 
subject line of the message.
     Regular Mail or Hand Delivery: MSHA, Office of Standards, 
Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, 
Arlington, VA 22209-3939. For hand delivery, sign in at the 
receptionist's desk on the 21st floor.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Moxness, Chief, Economic Analysis 
Division, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, MSHA, at 
moxness.greg@dol.gov (email); 202-693-9440 (voice); or 202-693-9441 
(facsimile).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    Potentially gassy (explosive) conditions in underground metal and 
nonmetal mines are largely controlled by the main mine fans. When 
accumulations of explosive gases, such as methane, are not swept from 
the mine by the main fans, they may reasonably be expected to contact 
an ignition source. The results of such contacts are usually 
disastrous, and multiple fatalities may be reasonably expected to 
occur. The standard contains significantly more stringent requirements 
for main fans in ``gassy'' mines than for main fans in other mines. 30 
CFR 57.22204, which only applies to metal and nonmetal underground 
mines that are categorized as ``gassy,'' requires main fans to have 
pressure-recording systems. This standard also requires main fans to be 
inspected daily while operating if persons are underground and 
certification made of such inspections by signature and date. 
Certifications and pressure recordings are to be retained for one year 
and made available to authorized representatives of the Secretary.
    This information collection addresses the recordkeeping associated 
with 30 CFR 57.22204.

II. Desired Focus of Comments

    The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting 
comments concerning the proposed extension of the information 
collection related to this safety standard on main fan operation and 
inspection in gassy underground metal and nonmetal mines. MSHA is 
particularly interested in comments that:
     Evaluate whether the collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information has practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the MSHA's estimate of the burden 
of the 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.
    The public may examine publicly available documents, including the 
public comment version of the supporting statement, at MSHA, Office of 
Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 
2350, Arlington, VA 22209-3939. OMB clearance requests are available on 
MSHA's Web site at http://www.msha.gov under ``Rules & Regs'' on the 
right side of the screen by selecting Information Collections Requests, 
Paperwork Reduction Act Supporting Statements. The document will be 
available on MSHA's Web site for 60 days after the publication date of 
this notice. Comments submitted in writing or in electronic form will 
be made available for public inspection. Because comments will not be 
edited to remove any identifying or contact information, MSHA cautions 
the commenter against including any information in the submission that 
should not be publicly disclosed. Questions about the information 
collection requirements may be directed to the person listed in the FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION section of this notice.

III. Current Actions

    The information obtained from mine operators is used by MSHA during 
inspections to determine compliance with this safety standard. MSHA has 
updated the data in respect to the

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number of respondents and responses, as well as the total burden hours 
and total annual cost burden supporting this information collection 
extension request.

Summary

    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration.
    Title: Main Fan Operation and Inspection in Gassy Underground Metal 
and Nonmetal Mines.
    OMB Number: 1219-0030.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Cite/Reference/Form/etc: 30 CFR 57.22204.
    Total Number of Respondents: 7.
    Frequency: Daily.
    Total Number of Responses: 6,930.
    Total Burden Hours: 2,386 hours.
    Other Cost Burden: $2,800.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and 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.

    Authority:  44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A).

    Dated: July 12, 2012.
George F. Triebsch,
Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-17341 Filed 7-16-12; 8:45 am]
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