Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Sealing of Abandoned Areas, 45241-45242 [2020-16133]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 144 / Monday, July 27, 2020 / Notices Dated: July 22, 2020. Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 2020–16173 Filed 7–24–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration [OMB Control No. 1219–0142] Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Sealing of Abandoned Areas 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 Sealing of Abandoned Areas. DATES: All comments must be received on or before September 25, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comment as follows. Please note that late, untimely filed comments will not be considered. Electronic Submissions: Submit electronic comments in the following way: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments for docket number MSHA–2020–0023. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to https:// www.regulations.gov will be posted to the docket, with no changes. Because your comment will be made public, you are responsible for ensuring that your comment does not include any confidential information that you or a third party may not wish to be posted, such as your or anyone else’s Social Security number or confidential business information. • If you want to submit a comment with confidential information that you jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:31 Jul 24, 2020 Jkt 250001 do not wish to be made available to the public, submit the comment as a written/paper submission. Written/Paper Submissions: Submit written/paper submissions in the following way: • Mail/Hand Delivery: Mail or visit DOL–MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, VA 22202–5452. • MSHA will post your comment as well as any attachments, except for information submitted and marked as confidential, in the docket at https:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roslyn B. Fontaine, Deputy 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: 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 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 or other mines. MSHA’s standards for sealing abandoned areas in underground coal mines include requirements addressing the design and construction of new seals and the examination, maintenance, and repair of all seals. Section 75.335(b) sets forth procedures for the approval of seal design applications. Section 75.335(c) requires the submission and certification of information for seal installation. Section 75.336(a)(2) requires the mine operator to evaluate the atmosphere in the sealed area to determine whether sampling through the sampling pipes in seals provides appropriate sampling locations of the sealed area. The mine operator will make an evaluation for each area that has seals. Section 75.336(c) requires that when a sample is taken from the sealed atmosphere with seals of less than 120 psi and the sample indicates that the oxygen concentration is 10 percent or greater and methane is between 4.5 percent and 17 percent, the mine operator must immediately take an additional sample and then immediately notify the District Manager. PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45241 Section 75.336(e) requires a certified person to record each sampling result, including the location of the sampling points and the oxygen and methane concentrations. Also, any hazardous conditions found must be corrected and recorded in accordance with existing section 75.363. Section 75.337(c)(1)—(c)(5) requires a certified person to perform several tasks during seal construction and repair and certify that the tasks were done in accordance with the approved ventilation plan. In addition, a mine foreman or equivalent mine official must countersign the record. Section 75.337(d) requires a senior mine management official, such as a mine manager or superintendent, to certify that the construction, installation, and materials used were in accordance with the approved ventilation plan. Section 75.337(e) requires the mine operator to notify MSHA of certain activities concerning the construction of seals. Section 75.337(e)(1) requires the mine operator to notify the District Manager between 2 and 14 days prior to commencement of seal construction. Section 75.337(e)(2) requires the mine operator to notify the District Manager, in writing, within 5 days of completion of a set of seals and provide a copy of the certifications required in section 75.337(d). Section 75.337(e)(3) requires the mine operator to submit a copy of the quality control test results for seal material properties specified by section 75.335 within 30 days of completion of such tests. Section 75.337(g)(3) requires the mine operator to label sampling pipes to indicate the location of the sampling point when the mine operator installs more than one sampling pipe through a seal. Section 75.338(a) requires mine operators to certify that persons conducting sampling were trained in the use of appropriate sampling equipment, techniques, the location of sampling points, the frequency of sampling, the size and condition of sealed areas, and the use of continuous monitoring systems, if applicable, before they conduct sampling, and annually thereafter. Section 75.338(b) requires mine operators to certify that miners constructing or repairing seals, designated certified persons, and senior mine management officials were trained prior to constructing or repairing a seal and annually thereafter. E:\FR\FM\27JYN1.SGM 27JYN1 45242 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 144 / Monday, July 27, 2020 / Notices II. Desired Focus of Comments MSHA is soliciting comments concerning the proposed information collection related to Sealing of Abandoned Areas. 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 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. Background documents related to this information collection request are available at https://regulations.gov and in DOL–MSHA located at 201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, VA 22202–5452. Questions about the information collection requirements may be directed to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice from the previous collection of information. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES III. Current Actions This information collection request concerns provisions for Sealing of Abandoned Areas. MSHA has updated the data with respect to the number of respondents, responses, burden hours, and burden costs supporting this information collection request from the previous information collection request. Type of Review: Extension, without change, of a currently approved collection. Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration. OMB Number: 1219–0142. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Number of Respondents: 177. Frequency: On occasion. Number of Responses: 47,194. Annual Burden Hours: 4,870 hours. Annual Respondent or Recordkeeper Cost: $709,972. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the proposed information collection request; they will become a matter of public record and VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:31 Jul 24, 2020 Jkt 250001 will be available at https:// www.reginfo.gov. This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—https://www.nrc. gov/. Roslyn B. Fontaine, Certifying Officer. Week of September 21, 2020—Tentative [FR Doc. 2020–16133 Filed 7–24–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P There are no meetings scheduled for the week of September 21, 2020. Week of September 28, 2020—Tentative Wednesday September 30, 2020 NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2020–0001] Sunshine Act Meetings Weeks of July 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 2020. PLACE: Commissioners’ Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. STATUS: Public. TIME AND DATE: Week of July 27, 2020 There are no meetings scheduled for the week of July 27, 2020. Week of August 3, 2020—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of August 3, 2020. Week of August 10, 2020—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of August 10, 2020. Week of August 17, 2020—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of August 17, 2020. 9:00 a.m. Strategic Programmatic Overview of the Operating Reactors and New Reactors Business Lines and Results of the Agency Action Review Meeting (Public Meeting) (Contact: Luis Betancourt: 301–415– 6146) This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—https://www.nrc. gov/. Week of October 5, 2020—Tentative Thursday, October 8, 2020 10:00 a.m. Meeting with the Organization of Agreement States (OAS) and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) (Public Meeting) (Contact: Celimar ValentinRodriquez: 301–415–7124) This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—https://www.nrc. gov/. Week of October 12, 2020—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of October 12, 2020. Week of October 19, 2020—Tentative Week of August 24, 2020—Tentative Wednesday, October 21, 2020 There are no meetings scheduled for the week of August 24, 2020. 10:00 a.m. Briefing on Human Capital and Equal Employment Opportunity (Public Meeting) (Contact: Randi Neff: 301–287– 0583) This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—https://www.nrc. gov/. 1:00 p.m. All Employees Meeting with the Commissioners (Public Meeting) CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information or to verify the status of meetings, contact Denise McGovern at 301–415–0681 or via email at Denise.McGovern@nrc.gov. The schedule for Commission meetings is subject to change on short notice. The NRC Commission Meeting Schedule can be found on the internet at: https://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/ public-meetings/schedule.html. The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these public meetings or need this meeting notice or the Week of August 31, 2020—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of August 31, 2020. Week of September 7, 2020—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of September 7, 2020. Week of September 14, 2020—Tentative Tuesday. September 15, 2020. 10:00 a.m. Agency’s Response to the COVID–19 Public Health Emergency (Public Meeting) (Contact: Luis Betancourt: 301–415– 6146) This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—https://www.nrc. gov/. Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:00 a.m. Transformation at the NRC—Milestones and Results (Public Meeting) (Contact: Maria Arribas-Colon: 301–415–6026) PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\27JYN1.SGM 27JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 144 (Monday, July 27, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 45241-45242]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-16133]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration

[OMB Control No. 1219-0142]


Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Sealing of 
Abandoned Areas

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 Sealing of 
Abandoned Areas.

DATES: All comments must be received on or before September 25, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comment as follows. Please note that late, 
untimely filed comments will not be considered.
    Electronic Submissions: Submit electronic comments in the following 
way:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments for docket number MSHA-
2020-0023. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to 
https://www.regulations.gov will be posted to the docket, with no 
changes. Because your comment will be made public, you are responsible 
for ensuring that your comment does not include any confidential 
information that you or a third party may not wish to be posted, such 
as your or anyone else's Social Security number or confidential 
business information.
     If you want to submit a comment with confidential 
information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, 
submit the comment as a written/paper submission.
    Written/Paper Submissions: Submit written/paper submissions in the 
following way:
     Mail/Hand Delivery: Mail or visit DOL-MSHA, Office of 
Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 201 12th Street South, Suite 
4E401, Arlington, VA 22202-5452.
     MSHA will post your comment as well as any attachments, 
except for information submitted and marked as confidential, in the 
docket at https://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roslyn B. Fontaine, Deputy 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 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 or other 
mines.
    MSHA's standards for sealing abandoned areas in underground coal 
mines include requirements addressing the design and construction of 
new seals and the examination, maintenance, and repair of all seals.
    Section 75.335(b) sets forth procedures for the approval of seal 
design applications.
    Section 75.335(c) requires the submission and certification of 
information for seal installation.
    Section 75.336(a)(2) requires the mine operator to evaluate the 
atmosphere in the sealed area to determine whether sampling through the 
sampling pipes in seals provides appropriate sampling locations of the 
sealed area. The mine operator will make an evaluation for each area 
that has seals.
    Section 75.336(c) requires that when a sample is taken from the 
sealed atmosphere with seals of less than 120 psi and the sample 
indicates that the oxygen concentration is 10 percent or greater and 
methane is between 4.5 percent and 17 percent, the mine operator must 
immediately take an additional sample and then immediately notify the 
District Manager.
    Section 75.336(e) requires a certified person to record each 
sampling result, including the location of the sampling points and the 
oxygen and methane concentrations. Also, any hazardous conditions found 
must be corrected and recorded in accordance with existing section 
75.363.
    Section 75.337(c)(1)--(c)(5) requires a certified person to perform 
several tasks during seal construction and repair and certify that the 
tasks were done in accordance with the approved ventilation plan. In 
addition, a mine foreman or equivalent mine official must countersign 
the record.
    Section 75.337(d) requires a senior mine management official, such 
as a mine manager or superintendent, to certify that the construction, 
installation, and materials used were in accordance with the approved 
ventilation plan.
    Section 75.337(e) requires the mine operator to notify MSHA of 
certain activities concerning the construction of seals.
    Section 75.337(e)(1) requires the mine operator to notify the 
District Manager between 2 and 14 days prior to commencement of seal 
construction.
    Section 75.337(e)(2) requires the mine operator to notify the 
District Manager, in writing, within 5 days of completion of a set of 
seals and provide a copy of the certifications required in section 
75.337(d).
    Section 75.337(e)(3) requires the mine operator to submit a copy of 
the quality control test results for seal material properties specified 
by section 75.335 within 30 days of completion of such tests.
    Section 75.337(g)(3) requires the mine operator to label sampling 
pipes to indicate the location of the sampling point when the mine 
operator installs more than one sampling pipe through a seal.
    Section 75.338(a) requires mine operators to certify that persons 
conducting sampling were trained in the use of appropriate sampling 
equipment, techniques, the location of sampling points, the frequency 
of sampling, the size and condition of sealed areas, and the use of 
continuous monitoring systems, if applicable, before they conduct 
sampling, and annually thereafter.
    Section 75.338(b) requires mine operators to certify that miners 
constructing or repairing seals, designated certified persons, and 
senior mine management officials were trained prior to constructing or 
repairing a seal and annually thereafter.

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II. Desired Focus of Comments

    MSHA is soliciting comments concerning the proposed information 
collection related to Sealing of Abandoned Areas. 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 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.
    Background documents related to this information collection request 
are available at https://regulations.gov and in DOL-MSHA located at 201 
12th Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, VA 22202-5452. Questions 
about the information collection requirements may be directed to the 
person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this 
notice from the previous collection of information.

III. Current Actions

    This information collection request concerns provisions for Sealing 
of Abandoned Areas. MSHA has updated the data with respect to the 
number of respondents, responses, burden hours, and burden costs 
supporting this information collection request from the previous 
information collection request.
    Type of Review: Extension, without change, of a currently approved 
collection.
    Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration.
    OMB Number: 1219-0142.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 177.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Number of Responses: 47,194.
    Annual Burden Hours: 4,870 hours.
    Annual Respondent or Recordkeeper Cost: $709,972.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized in 
the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the 
proposed information collection request; they will become a matter of 
public record and will be available at https://www.reginfo.gov.

Roslyn B. Fontaine,
Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020-16133 Filed 7-24-20; 8:45 am]
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