Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standard, 37682-37684 [2019-16390]

Download as PDF 37682 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 148 / Thursday, August 1, 2019 / Notices Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: —Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the National Institute of Justice, 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; —Evaluate whether and if so how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced; 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. jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Overview of This Information Collection 1. Type of Information Collection: New survey. 2. The Title of the Form/Collection: ‘‘The National Baseline Study on Public Health, Wellness, & Safety’’. 3. The agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department sponsoring the collection: The applicable component within the U.S. Department of Justice is the National Institute of Justice. 4. Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Title IX, Section 904(a) of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005), Public Law No. 109–162 (codified at 42 U.S.C. 3796gg–10 note), as amended by Section 907 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, Public Law No.113–4, mandates that the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in consultation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), conduct a National Baseline Study (NBS) on violence against American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) women living in tribal communities. NIJ’s NBS will examine violence against AI and AN women (including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking) and identify factors that place AI and VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 Jul 31, 2019 Jkt 247001 AN women at risk for victimization and propose recommendations to improve effectiveness of these responses. NIJ’s NBS survey was designed to: (1) Provide an accurate reporting of violence against AI and AN women in tribal communities; (2) provide reliable, valid estimates of the scope of the problem; and (3) identify barriers to and possible solutions for dealing with these significant public safety issues. The NBS will be conducted in geographically dispersed tribal communities across the U.S. (lower 48 and Alaska) using a NIJ-developed sampling strategy for which the primary aim is to provide an accurate national victimization rate of violence against adult AI and AN women specifically living in tribal communities. This information collection is a one-time information collection and is expected to take approximately thirty-six months from the time the first participant is enrolled until the last survey is administered. The NBS is critical to quantifying the magnitude of violence and victimization in tribal communities and understanding service needs. At the end of this study, the NBS is expected to produce a deeper understanding of the issues faced by Native American women living in Indian Country and Alaska Native villages and help formulate public policies and prevention strategies to decrease the incidence of violent crimes against AI and AN women. 5. An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: The estimated range of burden for respondents is expected to be between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours for completion. Based on instrument testing results, we expect an average of 60 minutes per respondent. The following factors were considered when creating the burden estimate: The estimated total number of sites (40), households within sites (25), and respondents within households (1.5) in the sampling plan for a total of 1,500 expected respondents. NIJ estimates that nearly all of the approximately 1,500 respondents will fully complete the questionnaire. 6. An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The estimated public burden associated with this collection is 1,500 hours. It is estimated that each of the 1,500 respondents will take 1 hour to complete a questionnaire (1,500 respondents × 1 hour = 1,500 hours). We estimate a 36-month data collection period, with approximately half of the interviews completed each year, or an annualized burden of 500 hours. PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 If additional information is required contact: Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE, 3E.405A, Washington, DC 20530. Dated: July 29, 2019. Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 2019–16391 Filed 7–31–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–23–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standard Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice is a summary of petition for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below. DATES: All comments on the petition must be received by MSHA’s Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances on or before September 3, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by ‘‘docket number’’ on the subject line, by any of the following methods: 1. Email: zzMSHA-comments@ 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, 201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, Virginia 22202–5452, Attention: Sheila McConnell, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. Persons delivering documents are required to check in at the receptionist’s desk in Suite 4E401. Individuals may inspect a copy of the petition 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: Sheila McConnell, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances at 202–693– 9447 (voice), SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 148 / Thursday, August 1, 2019 / Notices mcconnell.sheila.a@dol.gov (email), or 202–693–9440 (fax). [These are not tollfree numbers.] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 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 Number: M–2019–020–C. Petitioner: Rockwell Mining, LLC, 300 Kanawha Boulevard, East (ZIP 25301), P.O. Box 273, Charleston, West Virginia 25321–0273. Mine: Matewan Tunnel Mine, MSHA I.D. No. 46–08610, located in Boone County, West Virginia. Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.1108(c) (Approved conveyor belts). Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the Part 14 belt standard because the unique layout of the mine as well as additional safety measures that will be put in place will make the conveyor belt in the Tunnel Mine at least as safe as compliance with Part 14. The petitioner states that: (1) The Tunnel Mine is a straight, three-entry tunnel mine developed in 1998. The mine has been non-producing since 1998. At the time of development, the sole purpose of the project was to provide an excavation to install a conveyor system to transport raw coal. The seam is 33 inches thick, requiring 48 inches of outseam excavation to facilitate the conveyor system. The Tunnel Mine does not liberate any methane. (2) The Tunnel Mine consists of three entries developed on a straight course 10,500 feet from outcrop to outcrop. The VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 Jul 31, 2019 Jkt 247001 roof in the belt entry (center entry) is supported by 6-foot fully grouted bolts with T5 steel channels in every row. Steel straps and four-foot conventional bolts support the ribs. The final conveyor structure is offset in the entry to provide complete access along its entire length. Thus, the ventilation system will not likely be compromised by roof or rib integrity measures. (3) The 42-inch conveyor is 12,445 feet long and is powered by two separate drive installations located on the surface at each end of the underground excavation (500 HP at Rocklick and 1,000 HP at Harris). The conveyor is uniquely designed to turn over on each end to maintain the material handling surface in an upward facing position. Both the top and bottom structure are troughed 35 degrees to provide simultaneous transportation capacity on the top and return portions of the belt. The conveyor uses special belt with steel cable carcass related at 1,900 pounds per inch of belt width (PIW). Traveling 680 feet per minute (FPM), the belt system has a carrying capacity of 1,000 tons per hour (TPH) on each belt (top and bottom totaling 2,000 TPH). (4) The Tunnel Mine currently only transports a fraction of its design capacity. Currently, the Tunnel Mine transports only raw coal from two continuous miner sections in the Black Oak Mine with an estimated daily volume of 4,000 raw tons to Rocklick. The return belt capacity is not utilized at the mine. —The portal at the Preparation Plant side of the Tunnel Mine is known as the Rocklick Portal. The portal at the other end is known as the Harris Portal. The Tunnel Mine is ventilated from the Rocklick Portal with a 5.5 foot blowing fan with a 1,200 rpm speed, set to Blade Setting No. 5, producing 95,000 cfm of airflow. —At the Rocklick Portal, fresh air enters in the No. 1 entry and travels to the No. 11 crosscut and splits. A small portion of the air goes to entry Nos. 2 and 3 from crosscut No. 11 back to the Rocklick Portal. The remaining air flows to the Harris Portal from crosscuts 11 to 75 in all three entries. The air in the Tunnel Mine is considered neutral. —The existing belt, which is believed to have been installed between 2005 and 2007, is in excellent condition with little wear. There are no belt drives, tails, or dumping points on the underground portion of the belt flight. The belt runs one shift per day, approximately 8 to 9 hours. At the Harris Portal, an additional 1,250 feet PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37683 of conveyor takes the belt to the Black Oak Mine surface loading point. At the Rocklick Portal, about 500 feet of conveyor belt takes the coal to the raw coal pile. —The Tunnel Mine has numerous safety features at or above the minimum standards, including: (a) Mandoors every 300 feet on each stopping line. (b) Carbon monoxide monitors every 1,000 feet. (c) The conveyor has belt alignment rollers every 1,000 feet. (d) Fire taps located every 300 feet. Hoses are located at breaks 1, 37, and 74, which exceeds the minimum requirements. (e) The operator x-rays the belt annually to ensure the integrity of the existing belt. (f) Two-way communications (pager phones) are located underground at every seventh break throughout the mine. The control room operator at Rocklick monitors the communication system. Two-way wireless radios worn by the surface employees can communicate with the examiner underground. (g) The roadways are graveled. (h) Emergency belt stop switches every seventh break. (i) No violations have been issued on the belt since May 19, 1998. —Certified examiners travel the belt entry on a two-man ride to examine the belt once per shift and record those findings in the required mine books. —Normally, the Tunnel Mine operates with only one miner underground while the belt is running. The examiners of the Tunnel Mine are a certified foreman and electricians. Examinations take about 1 hour per shift. When necessary, a certified miner helps with maintenance and other tasks in the mine. —There are no belt drives, tailpieces, or electric motors inside the Tunnel Mine. The belt only runs through the mine on conveyor structure and rollers. —The belt is approximately 1 inch thick, 42 inches wide and has steel cable imbedded in the belt. The belt at each end is turned over so that the coal side is always facing up on transport and return. The design greatly reduces any spillage and accumulations in the mine. —Self-Contained Self-Rescuer caches are stored at breaks 14, 28, 37, 42, 56, and 70. There ae also emergency barricade materials kept in the No. 3 entry. —The Tunnel Mine also has emergency lifelines throughout. Further, the E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1 jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 37684 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 148 / Thursday, August 1, 2019 / Notices following significant fire detection and fire-fighting devices are in the mine: (1) The beltline has 13 smoke detection and carbon monoxide (CO) sensors approximately every 5 to 6 breaks. The CO sensors are currently set to ‘‘low alarm’’ at 5 parts per millions (ppm) and ‘‘high alarm’’ at 10 ppm, far below levels that present any danger to miners. The CO monitoring system will be programmed to shut off the belt at ‘‘high alarm’’ and; (2) The two-man ride used to examine the belt has self-rescuers and separate fire extinguishers. —The only alternative to using the Tunnel Mine belt will be to truck Black Oak Mine coal to Rocklick. This will significantly increase the number of trucks on Route 85 in Boone County between Black Oak and Rocklick Preparation Plant. The increase in trucks going in and out of the Rocklick Preparation Plant will also add congestion to the load out traffic flow. —The operator has not experienced any safety issues with the conveyor belt in the Tunnel Mine nor has it received any 30 CFR 75.400 citations for accumulations of combustible materials during current ownership. The operator has not experienced any fire related issues on the conveyor belt at the Tunnel Mine nor has it experienced any significant issues with rollers on the belt in the Tunnel Mine beyond routine maintenance. —Based on a chemical laboratory analysis, the belt has been confirmed to be Part 18 compliant. The belt has not been tested for Part 14 compliance due to the operator’s difficulty in finding an appropriate testing facility. The petitioner proposes the following alternative method of achieving the purposes of the standard: (a) Prior to a qualified person entering the mine, the CO system data from the prior 2 hours will be monitored for any sign of combustion. At the end of coal transport each day (fire run), the CO system data from the prior 4 hours will be monitored for any signs of combustion (i.e., CO or smoke detection by CO monitors on the belt). (b) A daily functional (bump) test of at least one sensor will be conducted for CO in addition to the weekly functional test required under 30 CFR 75.1103–8. A different sensor will be bump tested each day. (c) The operator will train miners on the location of Part 18 belt and interim safety measures being taken herein and revise instruction under 30 CFR 75.1502 as appropriate. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 Jul 31, 2019 Jkt 247001 (d) An immediate functional test of the fire suppression system along with additional tests will be conducted weekly. A daily visual inspection of the entire fire suppression system will be conducted by a qualified person. (e) The operator will install a ‘‘waterwall system’’ every 900 feet that will be tapped into the CO monitoring system. The waterwall will activate at 50 ppm of CO. The waterwall will provide a minimum of 50 psi and 45 GPM of water curtain from roof to floor and rib to rib. (f) Except during the on-shift exam, the belt will be cleared of coal and will run empty during examinations. Examinations generally take less than one hour. Currently, the belt runs approximately 8–9 hours a day. (g) Other than replacing water pumps, no motors, electrical equipment, or belt drives will be added underground and no changes will be made to the belt configuration or layout while this petition is in effect. (h) Examiners will enter the mine from the Harris Portal at the downwind side so the examiner is traveling towards the fan. From entries 75 to 11, the examiner will be traveling into fresh air. From crosscut No. 11 to the Rocklick Portal, fresh air will come from behind the examiner for those 11 breaks. (i) Examiners will be trained to immediately notify the dispatcher in the event of CO detection. Radio contact is established throughout the Tunnel Mine beltline. Should a fire be encountered and not extinguished according to the Mine Act, the examiner will withdraw from the Tunnel Mine and notify MSHA as required under applicable law. (j) If the CO detection system is down, the belt will not operate until necessary repairs have been made. (k) All necessary replacement belt will be Part 14 compliant. As the belt is repaired and sections replaced, Part 14 belt will be used. (l) The belt will not be in operation while most maintenance is conducted on the beltline. (m) The operator will continue annual x-ray examinations. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method will provide no less than the same measure of protection afforded the miners under the existing standard. Sheila McConnell, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. [FR Doc. 2019–16390 Filed 7–31–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4520–43–P PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 MISSISSIPPI RIVER COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meetings AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETINGS: Mississippi River Commission. TIME AND DATE: 9:00 a.m., August 19, 2019. PLACE: On board MISSISSIPPI V at Caruthersville City Front, Caruthersville, Missouri. STATUS: Open to the public. 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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory 
Safety Standard

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice is a summary of petition for modification 
submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the 
parties listed below.

DATES: All comments on the petition must be received by MSHA's Office 
of Standards, Regulations, and Variances on or before September 3, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by ``docket 
number'' on the subject line, by any of the following methods:
    1. Email: [email protected]. 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, 201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401, 
Arlington, Virginia 22202-5452, Attention: Sheila McConnell, Director, 
Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. Persons delivering 
documents are required to check in at the receptionist's desk in Suite 
4E401. Individuals may inspect a copy of the petition 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: Sheila McConnell, Office of Standards, 
Regulations, and Variances at 202-693-9447 (voice),

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[email protected] (email), or 202-693-9440 (fax). [These are 
not toll-free numbers.]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety 
and Health Act of 1977 and Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations 
Part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of 
petitions for modification.

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 Number: M-2019-020-C.
    Petitioner: Rockwell Mining, LLC, 300 Kanawha Boulevard, East (ZIP 
25301), P.O. Box 273, Charleston, West Virginia 25321-0273.
    Mine: Matewan Tunnel Mine, MSHA I.D. No. 46-08610, located in Boone 
County, West Virginia.
    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.1108(c) (Approved conveyor belts).
    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the 
Part 14 belt standard because the unique layout of the mine as well as 
additional safety measures that will be put in place will make the 
conveyor belt in the Tunnel Mine at least as safe as compliance with 
Part 14.
    The petitioner states that:
    (1) The Tunnel Mine is a straight, three-entry tunnel mine 
developed in 1998. The mine has been non-producing since 1998. At the 
time of development, the sole purpose of the project was to provide an 
excavation to install a conveyor system to transport raw coal. The seam 
is 33 inches thick, requiring 48 inches of outseam excavation to 
facilitate the conveyor system. The Tunnel Mine does not liberate any 
methane.
    (2) The Tunnel Mine consists of three entries developed on a 
straight course 10,500 feet from outcrop to outcrop. The roof in the 
belt entry (center entry) is supported by 6-foot fully grouted bolts 
with T5 steel channels in every row. Steel straps and four-foot 
conventional bolts support the ribs. The final conveyor structure is 
offset in the entry to provide complete access along its entire length. 
Thus, the ventilation system will not likely be compromised by roof or 
rib integrity measures.
    (3) The 42-inch conveyor is 12,445 feet long and is powered by two 
separate drive installations located on the surface at each end of the 
underground excavation (500 HP at Rocklick and 1,000 HP at Harris). The 
conveyor is uniquely designed to turn over on each end to maintain the 
material handling surface in an upward facing position. Both the top 
and bottom structure are troughed 35 degrees to provide simultaneous 
transportation capacity on the top and return portions of the belt. The 
conveyor uses special belt with steel cable carcass related at 1,900 
pounds per inch of belt width (PIW). Traveling 680 feet per minute 
(FPM), the belt system has a carrying capacity of 1,000 tons per hour 
(TPH) on each belt (top and bottom totaling 2,000 TPH).
    (4) The Tunnel Mine currently only transports a fraction of its 
design capacity. Currently, the Tunnel Mine transports only raw coal 
from two continuous miner sections in the Black Oak Mine with an 
estimated daily volume of 4,000 raw tons to Rocklick. The return belt 
capacity is not utilized at the mine.

--The portal at the Preparation Plant side of the Tunnel Mine is known 
as the Rocklick Portal. The portal at the other end is known as the 
Harris Portal. The Tunnel Mine is ventilated from the Rocklick Portal 
with a 5.5 foot blowing fan with a 1,200 rpm speed, set to Blade 
Setting No. 5, producing 95,000 cfm of airflow.
--At the Rocklick Portal, fresh air enters in the No. 1 entry and 
travels to the No. 11 crosscut and splits. A small portion of the air 
goes to entry Nos. 2 and 3 from crosscut No. 11 back to the Rocklick 
Portal. The remaining air flows to the Harris Portal from crosscuts 11 
to 75 in all three entries. The air in the Tunnel Mine is considered 
neutral.
--The existing belt, which is believed to have been installed between 
2005 and 2007, is in excellent condition with little wear. There are no 
belt drives, tails, or dumping points on the underground portion of the 
belt flight. The belt runs one shift per day, approximately 8 to 9 
hours. At the Harris Portal, an additional 1,250 feet of conveyor takes 
the belt to the Black Oak Mine surface loading point. At the Rocklick 
Portal, about 500 feet of conveyor belt takes the coal to the raw coal 
pile.
--The Tunnel Mine has numerous safety features at or above the minimum 
standards, including:

    (a) Mandoors every 300 feet on each stopping line.
    (b) Carbon monoxide monitors every 1,000 feet.
    (c) The conveyor has belt alignment rollers every 1,000 feet.
    (d) Fire taps located every 300 feet. Hoses are located at breaks 
1, 37, and 74, which exceeds the minimum requirements.
    (e) The operator x-rays the belt annually to ensure the integrity 
of the existing belt.
    (f) Two-way communications (pager phones) are located underground 
at every seventh break throughout the mine. The control room operator 
at Rocklick monitors the communication system. Two-way wireless radios 
worn by the surface employees can communicate with the examiner 
underground.
    (g) The roadways are graveled.
    (h) Emergency belt stop switches every seventh break.
    (i) No violations have been issued on the belt since May 19, 1998.

--Certified examiners travel the belt entry on a two-man ride to 
examine the belt once per shift and record those findings in the 
required mine books.
--Normally, the Tunnel Mine operates with only one miner underground 
while the belt is running. The examiners of the Tunnel Mine are a 
certified foreman and electricians. Examinations take about 1 hour per 
shift. When necessary, a certified miner helps with maintenance and 
other tasks in the mine.
--There are no belt drives, tailpieces, or electric motors inside the 
Tunnel Mine. The belt only runs through the mine on conveyor structure 
and rollers.
--The belt is approximately 1 inch thick, 42 inches wide and has steel 
cable imbedded in the belt. The belt at each end is turned over so that 
the coal side is always facing up on transport and return. The design 
greatly reduces any spillage and accumulations in the mine.
--Self-Contained Self-Rescuer caches are stored at breaks 14, 28, 37, 
42, 56, and 70. There ae also emergency barricade materials kept in the 
No. 3 entry.
--The Tunnel Mine also has emergency lifelines throughout. Further, the

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following significant fire detection and fire-fighting devices are in 
the mine:

    (1) The beltline has 13 smoke detection and carbon monoxide (CO) 
sensors approximately every 5 to 6 breaks. The CO sensors are currently 
set to ``low alarm'' at 5 parts per millions (ppm) and ``high alarm'' 
at 10 ppm, far below levels that present any danger to miners. The CO 
monitoring system will be programmed to shut off the belt at ``high 
alarm'' and;
    (2) The two-man ride used to examine the belt has self-rescuers and 
separate fire extinguishers.

--The only alternative to using the Tunnel Mine belt will be to truck 
Black Oak Mine coal to Rocklick. This will significantly increase the 
number of trucks on Route 85 in Boone County between Black Oak and 
Rocklick Preparation Plant. The increase in trucks going in and out of 
the Rocklick Preparation Plant will also add congestion to the load out 
traffic flow.
--The operator has not experienced any safety issues with the conveyor 
belt in the Tunnel Mine nor has it received any 30 CFR 75.400 citations 
for accumulations of combustible materials during current ownership. 
The operator has not experienced any fire related issues on the 
conveyor belt at the Tunnel Mine nor has it experienced any significant 
issues with rollers on the belt in the Tunnel Mine beyond routine 
maintenance.
--Based on a chemical laboratory analysis, the belt has been confirmed 
to be Part 18 compliant. The belt has not been tested for Part 14 
compliance due to the operator's difficulty in finding an appropriate 
testing facility.

    The petitioner proposes the following alternative method of 
achieving the purposes of the standard:
    (a) Prior to a qualified person entering the mine, the CO system 
data from the prior 2 hours will be monitored for any sign of 
combustion. At the end of coal transport each day (fire run), the CO 
system data from the prior 4 hours will be monitored for any signs of 
combustion (i.e., CO or smoke detection by CO monitors on the belt).
    (b) A daily functional (bump) test of at least one sensor will be 
conducted for CO in addition to the weekly functional test required 
under 30 CFR 75.1103-8. A different sensor will be bump tested each 
day.
    (c) The operator will train miners on the location of Part 18 belt 
and interim safety measures being taken herein and revise instruction 
under 30 CFR 75.1502 as appropriate.
    (d) An immediate functional test of the fire suppression system 
along with additional tests will be conducted weekly. A daily visual 
inspection of the entire fire suppression system will be conducted by a 
qualified person.
    (e) The operator will install a ``waterwall system'' every 900 feet 
that will be tapped into the CO monitoring system. The waterwall will 
activate at 50 ppm of CO. The waterwall will provide a minimum of 50 
psi and 45 GPM of water curtain from roof to floor and rib to rib.
    (f) Except during the on-shift exam, the belt will be cleared of 
coal and will run empty during examinations. Examinations generally 
take less than one hour. Currently, the belt runs approximately 8-9 
hours a day.
    (g) Other than replacing water pumps, no motors, electrical 
equipment, or belt drives will be added underground and no changes will 
be made to the belt configuration or layout while this petition is in 
effect.
    (h) Examiners will enter the mine from the Harris Portal at the 
downwind side so the examiner is traveling towards the fan. From 
entries 75 to 11, the examiner will be traveling into fresh air. From 
crosscut No. 11 to the Rocklick Portal, fresh air will come from behind 
the examiner for those 11 breaks.
    (i) Examiners will be trained to immediately notify the dispatcher 
in the event of CO detection. Radio contact is established throughout 
the Tunnel Mine beltline. Should a fire be encountered and not 
extinguished according to the Mine Act, the examiner will withdraw from 
the Tunnel Mine and notify MSHA as required under applicable law.
    (j) If the CO detection system is down, the belt will not operate 
until necessary repairs have been made.
    (k) All necessary replacement belt will be Part 14 compliant. As 
the belt is repaired and sections replaced, Part 14 belt will be used.
    (l) The belt will not be in operation while most maintenance is 
conducted on the beltline.
    (m) The operator will continue annual x-ray examinations.
    The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method will 
provide no less than the same measure of protection afforded the miners 
under the existing standard.

Sheila McConnell,
Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances.
[FR Doc. 2019-16390 Filed 7-31-19; 8:45 am]
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