Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Safety Standards for Roof Bolts in Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Underground Coal Mines, 33254-33255 [2018-15216]

Download as PDF 33254 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 17, 2018 / Notices information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. Sheila McConnell, Certifying Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–15217 Filed 7–16–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sheila McConnell, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, MSHA, at MSHA.information.collections@dol.gov (email); (202) 693–9440 (voice); or (202) 693–9441 (facsimile). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF LABOR I. Background Mine Safety and Health Administration Section 103(h) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), 30 U.S.C. 813(h), authorizes MSHA to collect information necessary to carry out its duty in protecting the safety and health of miners. Further, section 101(a) of the Mine Act, 30 U.S.C. 811, authorizes the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) to develop, promulgate, and revise as may be appropriate, improved mandatory health or safety standards for the protection of life and prevention of injuries in coal and metal and nonmetal mines. Accidents involving falls of roof, face, and rib in underground mines or falls of highwall in surface mines, historically, have been among the leading causes of injuries and deaths. Prevention or control of falls of roof, face, and rib is uniquely difficult because of the variety of conditions encountered in mines that can affect the stability of various types of strata and the changing nature of the forces affecting ground stability at any given operation and time. Roof and rock bolts and accessories are an integral part of ground control systems and are used to prevent the fall of roof, face, and rib. Advancements in technology of roof and rock bolts and accessories have aided in reducing the hazards associated with falls of roof, face, and rib. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) publication ‘‘Standard Specification for Roof and Rock Bolts and Accessories’’ is a consensus standard used throughout the United States. It contains specifications for the chemical, mechanical, and dimensional requirements for roof and rock bolts and accessories used for ground support systems. The ASTM standard for roof and rock bolts and accessories is updated periodically to reflect advances in technology. Title 30 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 56 and 57 Subpart B-Ground Control, section 56.3203 and section 57.3203, and Part 75 Subpart C-Roof Support, section 75.204, address the quality of roof and rock bolts and accessories and their installation. MSHA’s objective in these regulations is to ensure the quality and effectiveness of roof and rock bolts and accessories and, as technology evolves, to allow for the use of new materials which are [OMB Control No. 1219–0121] Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Safety Standards for Roof Bolts in Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Underground Coal Mines Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor. ACTION: Request for public comments. AGENCY: 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 collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. 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 on the information collection for Safety Standards for Roof Bolts in Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Underground Coal Mines. DATES: All comments must be received on or before September 17, 2018. ADDRESSES: Comments concerning the information collection requirements of this notice 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 for docket number MSHA– 2018–0027. • Regular Mail: Send comments to USDOL–MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, VA 22202–5452. • Hand Delivery: USDOL-Mine Safety and Health Administration, 201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, VA 22202–5452. Sign in at the receptionist’s desk on the 4th floor via the East elevator. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Jul 16, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proven to be reliable and effective in controlling the mine roof, face, and rib. Title 30 CFR 56.3203(a), 57.3203(a), and 75.204(a) require: (1) That mine operators obtain a certification from the manufacturer that roof and rock bolts and accessories are manufactured and tested in accordance with the applicable ASTM specifications, and (2) that the manufacturer’s certification is made available to an authorized representative of the Secretary. Title 30 CFR 56.3203(h) and 57.3203(h) require that if the mine operator uses other tensioned and nontensioned fixtures and accessories for ground control that are not addressed by the applicable ASTM standard listed in sections 56.3203(a) and 57.3203(a), test methods must be established by the mine operator and used to verify their ground control effectiveness. Title 30 CFR 56.3203(i) and 57.3203(i) require that the mine operator certify that the tests developed under sections 56.3203(h) and 57.3203(h) were conducted and such certifications be made available to an authorized representative of the Secretary. Title 30 CFR 75.204(f)(6) requires that the mine operator or a person designated by the operator certify by signature and date the measurements required by paragraph (f)(5) of this section have been made. Paragraph (f)(5) requires that in working places from which coal is produced during any portion of a 24-hour period, the actual torque or tension on at least one out of every ten previously installed mechanically anchored tensioned roof bolts is measured from the outby corner of the last open crosscut to the face in each advancing section. This certification shall be maintained for at least one year and shall be made available to an authorized representative of the Secretary and representatives of the miners. MSHA has found that the certification requirements have been successful in maintaining compliance with requirements for roof and rock bolts and accessories. II. Desired Focus of Comments MSHA is soliciting comments concerning the proposed information collection related to Safety Standards for Roof Bolts in Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Underground Coal 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; E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 17, 2018 / Notices • Evaluate the accuracy of 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 • 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. The information collection request will be available on http:// www.regulations.gov. MSHA cautions the commenter against providing any information in the submission that should not be publicly disclosed. Full comments, including personal information provided, will be made available on www.regulations.gov and www.reginfo.gov. The public may also examine publicly available documents at USDOL-Mine Safety and Health Administration, 201 12th South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, VA 22202–5452. Sign in at the receptionist’s desk on the 4th floor via the East elevator. Questions about the information collection requirements may be directed to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES III. Current Actions This request for collection of information contains provisions for Safety Standards for Roof Bolts in Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Underground Coal Mines. MSHA has updated the data with respect to the number of respondents, responses, burden hours, and burden costs supporting this information collection request. Type of Review: Extension, without change, of a currently approved collection. Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration. OMB Number: 1219–0121. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Number of Respondents: 452. Frequency: On occasion. Number of Responses: 61,086. Annual Burden Hours: 585 hours. Annual Respondent or Recordkeeper Cost: $0. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Jul 16, 2018 Jkt 244001 information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. Sheila McConnell, Certifying Officer. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Andreasen, 6001 New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, Email address: jandreasen@ omb.eop.gov, telephone number: (202) 395–3645. Because of delays in the receipt of regular mail related to security screening, respondents are encouraged to use electronic communications. SUMMARY: John Mulvaney, Director. [FR Doc. 2018–15238 Filed 7–16–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3110–01–P NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES National Endowment for the Arts Arts Advisory Panel Meetings National Endowment for the Arts, National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities. ACTION: Notice of meetings. AGENCY: Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given that 5 meetings of the Arts Advisory Panel to the National Council on the Arts will be held by teleconference. SUMMARY: DATES: See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for individual OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET PO 00000 33255 Sfmt 4703 meeting times and dates. All meetings are Eastern time and ending times are approximate: National Endowment for the Arts, Constitution Center, 400 7th St. SW, Washington, DC 20506. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Further information with reference to these meetings can be obtained from Ms. Sherry Hale, Office of Guidelines & Panel Operations, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC 20506; hales@arts.gov, or call 202–682–5696. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The closed portions of meetings are for the purpose of Panel review, discussion, evaluation, and recommendations on financial assistance under the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, including information given in confidence to the agency. In accordance with the determination of the Chairman of July 5, 2016, these sessions will be closed to the public pursuant to subsection (c)(6) of section 552b of title 5, United States Code. The upcoming meetings are: Literature (review of applications): This meeting will be closed. Date and time: August 1, 2018; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Literature (review of applications): This meeting will be closed. Date and time: August 2, 2018; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Research Labs (review of applications): This meeting will be closed. Date and time: August 16, 2018; 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Research Labs (review of applications): This meeting will be closed. Date and time: August 17, 2018; 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Research Labs (review of applications): This meeting will be closed. Date and time: August 17, 2018; 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: Dated: July 11, 2018. Sherry Hale, Staff Assistant, National Endowment for the Arts. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 137 (Tuesday, July 17, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration

[OMB Control No. 1219-0121]


Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Safety Standards 
for Roof Bolts in Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Underground Coal 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 collections of information 
in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. 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 on the information collection for Safety Standards 
for Roof Bolts in Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Underground Coal Mines.

DATES: All comments must be received on or before September 17, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Comments concerning the information collection requirements 
of this notice 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 for docket 
number MSHA-2018-0027.
     Regular Mail: Send comments to USDOL-MSHA, Office of 
Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 201 12th Street South, Suite 
4E401, Arlington, VA 22202-5452.
     Hand Delivery: USDOL-Mine Safety and Health 
Administration, 201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, VA 
22202-5452. Sign in at the receptionist's desk on the 4th floor via the 
East elevator.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sheila McConnell, Director, Office of 
Standards, Regulations, and Variances, MSHA, at 
[email protected] (email); (202) 693-9440 (voice); 
or (202) 693-9441 (facsimile).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    Section 103(h) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 
(Mine Act), 30 U.S.C. 813(h), authorizes MSHA to collect information 
necessary to carry out its duty in protecting the safety and health of 
miners. Further, section 101(a) of the Mine Act, 30 U.S.C. 811, 
authorizes the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) to develop, promulgate, 
and revise as may be appropriate, improved mandatory health or safety 
standards for the protection of life and prevention of injuries in coal 
and metal and nonmetal mines.
    Accidents involving falls of roof, face, and rib in underground 
mines or falls of highwall in surface mines, historically, have been 
among the leading causes of injuries and deaths. Prevention or control 
of falls of roof, face, and rib is uniquely difficult because of the 
variety of conditions encountered in mines that can affect the 
stability of various types of strata and the changing nature of the 
forces affecting ground stability at any given operation and time. Roof 
and rock bolts and accessories are an integral part of ground control 
systems and are used to prevent the fall of roof, face, and rib. 
Advancements in technology of roof and rock bolts and accessories have 
aided in reducing the hazards associated with falls of roof, face, and 
rib.
    The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) publication 
``Standard Specification for Roof and Rock Bolts and Accessories'' is a 
consensus standard used throughout the United States. It contains 
specifications for the chemical, mechanical, and dimensional 
requirements for roof and rock bolts and accessories used for ground 
support systems. The ASTM standard for roof and rock bolts and 
accessories is updated periodically to reflect advances in technology.
    Title 30 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 56 and 57 Subpart B-
Ground Control, section 56.3203 and section 57.3203, and Part 75 
Subpart C-Roof Support, section 75.204, address the quality of roof and 
rock bolts and accessories and their installation. MSHA's objective in 
these regulations is to ensure the quality and effectiveness of roof 
and rock bolts and accessories and, as technology evolves, to allow for 
the use of new materials which are proven to be reliable and effective 
in controlling the mine roof, face, and rib.
    Title 30 CFR 56.3203(a), 57.3203(a), and 75.204(a) require: (1) 
That mine operators obtain a certification from the manufacturer that 
roof and rock bolts and accessories are manufactured and tested in 
accordance with the applicable ASTM specifications, and (2) that the 
manufacturer's certification is made available to an authorized 
representative of the Secretary.
    Title 30 CFR 56.3203(h) and 57.3203(h) require that if the mine 
operator uses other tensioned and nontensioned fixtures and accessories 
for ground control that are not addressed by the applicable ASTM 
standard listed in sections 56.3203(a) and 57.3203(a), test methods 
must be established by the mine operator and used to verify their 
ground control effectiveness. Title 30 CFR 56.3203(i) and 57.3203(i) 
require that the mine operator certify that the tests developed under 
sections 56.3203(h) and 57.3203(h) were conducted and such 
certifications be made available to an authorized representative of the 
Secretary.
    Title 30 CFR 75.204(f)(6) requires that the mine operator or a 
person designated by the operator certify by signature and date the 
measurements required by paragraph (f)(5) of this section have been 
made. Paragraph (f)(5) requires that in working places from which coal 
is produced during any portion of a 24-hour period, the actual torque 
or tension on at least one out of every ten previously installed 
mechanically anchored tensioned roof bolts is measured from the outby 
corner of the last open crosscut to the face in each advancing section. 
This certification shall be maintained for at least one year and shall 
be made available to an authorized representative of the Secretary and 
representatives of the miners.
    MSHA has found that the certification requirements have been 
successful in maintaining compliance with requirements for roof and 
rock bolts and accessories.

II. Desired Focus of Comments

    MSHA is soliciting comments concerning the proposed information 
collection related to Safety Standards for Roof Bolts in Metal and 
Nonmetal Mines and Underground Coal 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;

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     Evaluate the accuracy of 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
     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.
    The information collection request will be available on http://www.regulations.gov. MSHA cautions the commenter against providing any 
information in the submission that should not be publicly disclosed. 
Full comments, including personal information provided, will be made 
available on www.regulations.gov and www.reginfo.gov.
    The public may also examine publicly available documents at USDOL-
Mine Safety and Health Administration, 201 12th South, Suite 4E401, 
Arlington, VA 22202-5452. Sign in at the receptionist's desk on the 4th 
floor via the East elevator.
    Questions about the information collection requirements may be 
directed to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 
section of this notice.

III. Current Actions

    This request for collection of information contains provisions for 
Safety Standards for Roof Bolts in Metal and Nonmetal Mines and 
Underground Coal Mines. MSHA has updated the data with respect to the 
number of respondents, responses, burden hours, and burden costs 
supporting this information collection request.
    Type of Review: Extension, without change, of a currently approved 
collection.
    Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration.
    OMB Number: 1219-0121.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 452.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Number of Responses: 61,086.
    Annual Burden Hours: 585 hours.
    Annual Respondent or Recordkeeper Cost: $0.
    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.

Sheila McConnell,
Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-15216 Filed 7-16-18; 8:45 am]
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