Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards, 27898-27899 [2021-10875]

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Background [FR Doc. 2021–10873 Filed 5–21–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FW–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: This notice includes the summaries of three petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the party listed below. DATES: All comments on the petitions must be received by MSHA’s Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances on or before June 23, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments including the docket number of the petition by any of the following methods: 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, 201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, Virginia 22202–5452, Attention: S. Aromie Noe, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. Persons delivering documents are required to check in at the receptionist’s desk in Suite 4E401. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 May 21, 2021 Jkt 253001 Individuals may inspect copies 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: S. Aromie Noe, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances at 202–693– 9440 (voice), noe.song-ae.a@dol.gov (email), or 202–693–9441 (facsimile). [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 (CFR) part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. 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. The application of such standard to such mine will result in a diminution of safety to the miners in such mine. In addition, sections 44.10 and 44.11 of 30 CFR establish the requirements for filing petitions for modification. II. Petitions for Modification Docket Number: M–2021–007–C. Petitioner: Mountain Coal Company, L.L.C., 5174 Highway 133, Somerset, Colorado (ZIP 81434). Mine: West Elk Mine, MSHA ID No. 05–03672, located in Gunnison County, Colorado. Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.507– 1(a) (Electric equipment other than power-connection points; outby the last open crosscut; return air; permissibility requirements). Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard, 30 CFR 75.507–1(a), as it relates to the use of an alternative method of respirable dust protection for longwall miners at the West Elk Mine in Colorado. Specifically, the petitioner is applying to use the battery-powered 3M Versaflo TR–800 Respirator in return air outby the last open crosscut. PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The petitioner states that: (a) The current 3M Airstream Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR), mining Headgear-Mounted model, is approved by MSHA but has been discontinued by the manufacturer, 3M. The 3M Airstream model allows for constantly filtered air to flow, reducing exposure to respirable dust. (b) There are no other MSHAapproved PAPRs. (c) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR is intrinsically safe and certified under ANSI/UL 60079–11 standard for hazardous locations. (d) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR allows for increased movement in tight spaces, while protecting against dust contamination. It is easy to use. It, has interchangeable components for specific applications, audible and visual alarms for restricted flow, a multi speed blower, and long run battery times. It charges quickly. The petitioner proposes the following alternative method: (a) The petitioner will use the 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR in or inby the last open crosscut to protect miners from exposure to respirable dust during regular longwall mining operations. (b) When not in operation, batteries for the PAPR will be charged on the surface or underground in intake air and not within 150 feet of a worked out area. (c) Batteries will be inspected and changed at the surface or underground in intake air. (d) Battery charging products used will be the 3M TR–641N or the 3M 4station battery charger TR–644N. (e) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 will exclusively use the 3M TR–830 battery pack. (f) Before beginning use, miners will be trained on how to safely use, care for, and inspect 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR units per the manufacturer’s instructions. (g) The 3M Versaflo TR-will be assessed for physical damage and integrity of the unit’s case before each use. (h) The product will not be used if a methane level is found to be at or above 1.0 percent. If methane levels are higher than 1.0 percent, the equipment will immediately be de-energized and withdrawn from affected areas. (i) The product will not be used in continuous miner sections alongside proximity detection systems. The petitioner asserts that the alternate method proposed will at all times guarantee no less than the same measure of protection afforded the miners under the mandatory standard. Docket Number: M–2021–008–C. E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 98 / Monday, May 24, 2021 / Notices Petitioner: Mountain Coal Company, L.L.C., 5174 Highway 133, Somerset, Colorado (ZIP 81434). Mine: West Elk Mine, MSHA ID No. 05–03672, located in Gunnison County, Colorado. Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.500(d) (Permissible electric equipment). Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard, 30 CFR 75.500(d), as it relates to the use of an alternative method of respirable dust protection at the West Elk Mine in Colorado. Specifically, the petitioner is applying to utilize the battery-powered 3M Versaflo TR–800 Respirator for longwall miners in or inby the last open crosscut at the West Elk Mine in Colorado. The petitioner states that: (a) The current 3M Airstream Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR), mining Headgear-Mounted model, is approved by MSHA but has been discontinued by the manufacturer, 3M. The 3M Airstream model allows for constantly filtered air to flow, reducing exposure to respirable dust. (b) There are no other MSHAapproved PAPRs. (c) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR is intrinsically safe and certified under ANSI/UL 60079–11 standard for hazardous locations. (d) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR allows for increased movement in tight spaces, while protecting against dust contamination. It is easy to use. It, has interchangeable components for specific applications, audible and visual alarms for restricted flow, a multi speed blower, and long run battery times. It charges quickly. The petitioner proposes the following alternative method: (a) The petitioner will use the 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR in or inby the last open crosscut to protect miners from exposure to respirable dust during regular longwall mining operations. (b) When not in operation, batteries for the PAPR will be charged on the surface or underground in intake air and not within 150 feet of a worked out area. (c) Batteries will be inspected and changed at the surface or underground in intake air. (d) Battery charging products used will be the 3M TR–641N or the 3M 4station battery charger TR–644N. (e) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 will exclusively use the 3M TR–830 battery pack. (f) Before beginning use, miners will be trained on how to safely use, care for, and inspect 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR units per the manufacturer’s instructions. (g) The 3M Versaflo TR-will be assessed for physical damage and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 May 21, 2021 Jkt 253001 integrity of the unit’s case before each use. (h) The product will not be used if a methane level is found to be at or above 1.0 percent. If methane levels are higher than 1.0 percent, the equipment will immediately be de-energized and withdrawn from affected areas. (i) The product will not be used in continuous miner sections alongside proximity detection systems. The petitioner asserts that the alternate method proposed will at all times guarantee no less than the same measure of protection afforded the miners under the mandatory standard. Docket Number: M–2021–009–C. Petitioner: Mountain Coal Company, L.L.C., 5174 Highway 133, Somerset, Colorado (ZIP 81434). Mine: West Elk Mine, MSHA ID No. 05–03672, located in Gunnison County, Colorado. Regulation Affected: Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.1002(a) (Installation of electric equipment and conductors; permissibility). Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard, 30 CFR 75.1002(a), as it relates to the use of an alternative method of respirable dust protection for longwall miners at the West Elk mine in Colorado. Specifically, the petitioner is applying to utilize the battery-powered 3M Versaflo TR–800 Respirator within 150 feet of pillar workings or longwall faces. The petitioner states that: (a) The current 3M Airstream Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR), mining Headgear-Mounted model, is approved by MSHA but has been discontinued by the manufacturer, 3M. The 3M Airstream model allows for constantly filtered air to flow, reducing exposure to respirable dust. (b) There are no other MSHAapproved PAPRs. (c) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR is intrinsically safe and certified under ANSI/UL 60079–11 standard for hazardous locations. (d) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR allows for increased movement in tight spaces, while protecting against dust contamination. It is easy to use. It, has interchangeable components for specific applications, audible and visual alarms for restricted flow, a multi speed blower, and long run battery times. It charges quickly. The petitioner proposes the following alternative method: (a) The petitioner will use the 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR in or inby the last open crosscut to protect miners from exposure to respirable dust during regular longwall mining operations. PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27899 (b) When not in operation, batteries for the PAPR will be charged on the surface or underground in intake air and not within 150 feet of a worked out area. (c) Batteries will be inspected and changed at the surface or underground in intake air. (d) Battery charging products used will be the 3M TR–641N or the 3M 4station battery charger TR–644N. (e) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 will exclusively use the 3M TR–830 battery pack. (f) Before beginning use, miners will be trained on how to safely use, care for, and inspect 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR units per the manufacturer’s instructions. (g) The 3M Versaflo TR-will be assessed for physical damage and integrity of the unit’s case before each use. (h) The product will not be used if a methane level is found to be at or above 1.0 percent. If methane levels are higher than 1.0 percent, the equipment will immediately be de-energized and withdrawn from affected areas. (i) The product will not be used in continuous miner sections alongside proximity detection systems. The petitioner asserts that the alternate method proposed will at all times guarantee no less than the same measure of protection afforded the miners under the mandatory standard. Song-ae Aromie Noe, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. [FR Doc. 2021–10875 Filed 5–21–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4520–43–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2009–0025] UL LLC: Grant of Expansion of Recognition and Modification to the NRTL Program’s List of Appropriate Test Standards Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In this notice, OSHA announces the final decision to expand the scope of recognition for UL LLC as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). Additionally, OSHA announces the final decision to add eight test standards to the NRTL Program’s list of appropriate test standards. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory 
Safety Standards

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice includes the summaries of three petitions for 
modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration 
(MSHA) by the party listed below.

DATES: All comments on the petitions must be received by MSHA's Office 
of Standards, Regulations, and Variances on or before June 23, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments including the docket number of 
the petition by any of the following methods:
    1. Electronic Mail: [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: S. Aromie Noe, Acting Deputy 
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 copies 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: S. Aromie Noe, Office of Standards, 
Regulations, and Variances at 202-693-9440 (voice), [email protected] (email), or 202-693-9441 (facsimile). [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 
(CFR) 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. The application of such standard to such mine will result in a 
diminution of safety to the miners in such mine.
    In addition, sections 44.10 and 44.11 of 30 CFR establish the 
requirements for filing petitions for modification.

II. Petitions for Modification

    Docket Number: M-2021-007-C.
    Petitioner: Mountain Coal Company, L.L.C., 5174 Highway 133, 
Somerset, Colorado (ZIP 81434).
    Mine: West Elk Mine, MSHA ID No. 05-03672, located in Gunnison 
County, Colorado.
    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.507-1(a) (Electric equipment other 
than power-connection points; outby the last open crosscut; return air; 
permissibility requirements).
    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the 
existing standard, 30 CFR 75.507-1(a), as it relates to the use of an 
alternative method of respirable dust protection for longwall miners at 
the West Elk Mine in Colorado. Specifically, the petitioner is applying 
to use the battery-powered 3M Versaflo TR-800 Respirator in return air 
outby the last open crosscut.
    The petitioner states that:
    (a) The current 3M Airstream Powered Air Purifying Respirator 
(PAPR), mining Headgear-Mounted model, is approved by MSHA but has been 
discontinued by the manufacturer, 3M. The 3M Airstream model allows for 
constantly filtered air to flow, reducing exposure to respirable dust.
    (b) There are no other MSHA-approved PAPRs.
    (c) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR is intrinsically safe and certified 
under ANSI/UL 60079-11 standard for hazardous locations.
    (d) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR allows for increased movement in 
tight spaces, while protecting against dust contamination. It is easy 
to use. It, has interchangeable components for specific applications, 
audible and visual alarms for restricted flow, a multi speed blower, 
and long run battery times. It charges quickly.
    The petitioner proposes the following alternative method:
    (a) The petitioner will use the 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR in or inby 
the last open crosscut to protect miners from exposure to respirable 
dust during regular longwall mining operations.
    (b) When not in operation, batteries for the PAPR will be charged 
on the surface or underground in intake air and not within 150 feet of 
a worked out area.
    (c) Batteries will be inspected and changed at the surface or 
underground in intake air.
    (d) Battery charging products used will be the 3M TR-641N or the 3M 
4-station battery charger TR-644N.
    (e) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 will exclusively use the 3M TR-830 
battery pack.
    (f) Before beginning use, miners will be trained on how to safely 
use, care for, and inspect 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR units per the 
manufacturer's instructions.
    (g) The 3M Versaflo TR-will be assessed for physical damage and 
integrity of the unit's case before each use.
    (h) The product will not be used if a methane level is found to be 
at or above 1.0 percent. If methane levels are higher than 1.0 percent, 
the equipment will immediately be de-energized and withdrawn from 
affected areas.
    (i) The product will not be used in continuous miner sections 
alongside proximity detection systems.
    The petitioner asserts that the alternate method proposed will at 
all times guarantee no less than the same measure of protection 
afforded the miners under the mandatory standard.
    Docket Number: M-2021-008-C.

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    Petitioner: Mountain Coal Company, L.L.C., 5174 Highway 133, 
Somerset, Colorado (ZIP 81434).
    Mine: West Elk Mine, MSHA ID No. 05-03672, located in Gunnison 
County, Colorado.
    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.500(d) (Permissible electric 
equipment).
    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the 
existing standard, 30 CFR 75.500(d), as it relates to the use of an 
alternative method of respirable dust protection at the West Elk Mine 
in Colorado. Specifically, the petitioner is applying to utilize the 
battery-powered 3M Versaflo TR-800 Respirator for longwall miners in or 
inby the last open crosscut at the West Elk Mine in Colorado.
    The petitioner states that:
    (a) The current 3M Airstream Powered Air Purifying Respirator 
(PAPR), mining Headgear-Mounted model, is approved by MSHA but has been 
discontinued by the manufacturer, 3M. The 3M Airstream model allows for 
constantly filtered air to flow, reducing exposure to respirable dust.
    (b) There are no other MSHA-approved PAPRs.
    (c) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR is intrinsically safe and certified 
under ANSI/UL 60079-11 standard for hazardous locations.
    (d) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR allows for increased movement in 
tight spaces, while protecting against dust contamination. It is easy 
to use. It, has interchangeable components for specific applications, 
audible and visual alarms for restricted flow, a multi speed blower, 
and long run battery times. It charges quickly.
    The petitioner proposes the following alternative method:
    (a) The petitioner will use the 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR in or inby 
the last open crosscut to protect miners from exposure to respirable 
dust during regular longwall mining operations.
    (b) When not in operation, batteries for the PAPR will be charged 
on the surface or underground in intake air and not within 150 feet of 
a worked out area.
    (c) Batteries will be inspected and changed at the surface or 
underground in intake air.
    (d) Battery charging products used will be the 3M TR-641N or the 3M 
4- station battery charger TR-644N.
    (e) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 will exclusively use the 3M TR-830 
battery pack.
    (f) Before beginning use, miners will be trained on how to safely 
use, care for, and inspect 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR units per the 
manufacturer's instructions.
    (g) The 3M Versaflo TR-will be assessed for physical damage and 
integrity of the unit's case before each use.
    (h) The product will not be used if a methane level is found to be 
at or above 1.0 percent. If methane levels are higher than 1.0 percent, 
the equipment will immediately be de-energized and withdrawn from 
affected areas.
    (i) The product will not be used in continuous miner sections 
alongside proximity detection systems.
    The petitioner asserts that the alternate method proposed will at 
all times guarantee no less than the same measure of protection 
afforded the miners under the mandatory standard.
    Docket Number: M-2021-009-C.
    Petitioner: Mountain Coal Company, L.L.C., 5174 Highway 133, 
Somerset, Colorado (ZIP 81434).
    Mine: West Elk Mine, MSHA ID No. 05-03672, located in Gunnison 
County, Colorado.
    Regulation Affected: Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.1002(a) 
(Installation of electric equipment and conductors; permissibility).
    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the 
existing standard, 30 CFR 75.1002(a), as it relates to the use of an 
alternative method of respirable dust protection for longwall miners at 
the West Elk mine in Colorado. Specifically, the petitioner is applying 
to utilize the battery-powered 3M Versaflo TR-800 Respirator within 150 
feet of pillar workings or longwall faces.
    The petitioner states that:
    (a) The current 3M Airstream Powered Air Purifying Respirator 
(PAPR), mining Headgear-Mounted model, is approved by MSHA but has been 
discontinued by the manufacturer, 3M. The 3M Airstream model allows for 
constantly filtered air to flow, reducing exposure to respirable dust.
    (b) There are no other MSHA-approved PAPRs.
    (c) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR is intrinsically safe and certified 
under ANSI/UL 60079-11 standard for hazardous locations.
    (d) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR allows for increased movement in 
tight spaces, while protecting against dust contamination. It is easy 
to use. It, has interchangeable components for specific applications, 
audible and visual alarms for restricted flow, a multi speed blower, 
and long run battery times. It charges quickly.
    The petitioner proposes the following alternative method:
    (a) The petitioner will use the 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR in or inby 
the last open crosscut to protect miners from exposure to respirable 
dust during regular longwall mining operations.
    (b) When not in operation, batteries for the PAPR will be charged 
on the surface or underground in intake air and not within 150 feet of 
a worked out area.
    (c) Batteries will be inspected and changed at the surface or 
underground in intake air.
    (d) Battery charging products used will be the 3M TR-641N or the 3M 
4- station battery charger TR-644N.
    (e) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 will exclusively use the 3M TR-830 
battery pack.
    (f) Before beginning use, miners will be trained on how to safely 
use, care for, and inspect 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR units per the 
manufacturer's instructions.
    (g) The 3M Versaflo TR-will be assessed for physical damage and 
integrity of the unit's case before each use.
    (h) The product will not be used if a methane level is found to be 
at or above 1.0 percent. If methane levels are higher than 1.0 percent, 
the equipment will immediately be de-energized and withdrawn from 
affected areas.
    (i) The product will not be used in continuous miner sections 
alongside proximity detection systems.
    The petitioner asserts that the alternate method proposed will at 
all times guarantee no less than the same measure of protection 
afforded the miners under the mandatory standard.

Song-ae Aromie Noe,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and 
Variances.
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