Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines, 32067-32068 [2021-12606]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 16, 2021 / Notices charges as a complete unit. It has an 8hour continual use with a rapid 2 hour re-charge. (f) The CleanSpace EX unit provides a NIOSH approved high capacity, high efficiency (HEPA) particulate/vapor filter for the half mask and a NIOSH approved HEPA particulate filter for the full facemask. (g) NIOSH has approved the half mask or the full-face mask. The CleanSpace EX does not restrict the vision or impair communication of the user. (h) The CleanSpace EX allows the operator to wear his issued hardhat with miner’s headlamp. (i) The CleanSpace EX incorporates technology which places the filter housing and fan assembly above the shoulders. This design addresses several ergonomic restrictions. The unit frees the operator of having to wear the fan and filter assembly around their waist. Furthermore, there is not a hose attached to the filter/battery assembly which could create additional potential hazards. (j) The CleanSpace EX also affords Tata Chemicals the ability to quantitatively fit test employees. (k) The CleanSpace EX respirator provides a level of comfort beyond additional PAPR units when operating mining equipment due to limited space and mobility in the operator’s cab. (l) The CleanSpace EX unit can be easily disassembled and cleaned. The petitioner proposes the following alternative method: (a) While not in operation, the CleanSpace EX units will be charged out-by the last open crosscut utilizing the manufacturer’s approved battery charger. (b) Affected mine employees will be trained in the proper use and care of the CleanSpace EX PAPR unit in accordance with established manufacturer guidelines. Task training and annual refresher training will be documented using MSHA form 5000– 23. (c) If 1.0 percent or more methane is detected, the procedures in 30 CFR part 57.22234 will be followed. 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. Jessica Senk, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. [FR Doc. 2021–12608 Filed 6–15–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4520–43–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Jun 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration [OMB Control No. 1219–0119] Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Diesel-Powered Equipment in 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 request for comment 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 request 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 DieselPowered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines. DATES: All comments must be received on or before August 16, 2021. 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–2021–0007. 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 your comment includes 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: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32067 • 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: Jessica Senk, 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 requires mine operators to provide important safety and health protections to underground coal miners who work on and around dieselpowered equipment. The engines powering diesel equipment are potential contributors to fires and explosion hazards in the confined environment of an underground coal mine where combustible coal dust and explosive methane gas are present. Diesel equipment operating in underground coal mines also can pose serious health risks to miners from exposure to diesel exhaust emissions, including diesel particulates, oxides of nitrogen, and carbon monoxide. Diesel exhaust is a lung carcinogen in animals. Information collection requirements are found in: Section 75.1901(a), Diesel fuel requirements; section 75.1911(j), Fire suppression systems for dieselpowered equipment and fuel transportation units; section 75.1912(i), Fire suppression systems for permanent underground diesel fuel storage facilities; sections 75.1914(f)(1), (f)(2), (g)(5), (h)(1), and (h)(2), Maintenance of diesel-powered equipment; and sections 75.1915(b)(5), (c)(1), and (c)(2), Training and qualification of persons working on diesel-powered equipment. E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 32068 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 16, 2021 / Notices II. Desired Focus of Comments MSHA is soliciting comments concerning the proposed information collection related to Diesel-Powered Equipment in 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; • 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES III. Current Actions This information collection request concerns provisions for Diesel-Powered Equipment in 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 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: 1219–0119. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Number of Respondents: 126. Frequency: On occasion. Number of Responses: 170,641. Annual Burden Hours: 13,844 hours. Annual Respondent or Recordkeeper Cost: $312,294. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Jun 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 become a matter of public record and will be available at https:// www.reginfo.gov. 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. Jessica Senk, Certifying Officer. 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. [FR Doc. 2021–12606 Filed 6–15–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Petition for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice includes the summary of a petition for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the party listed below. DATES: All comments on the petition must be received by MSHA’s Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances on or before July 16, 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: Jessica D. Senk, 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: Jessica D. Senk, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances at 202–693– 9440 (voice), Senk.Jessica@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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Petition for Modification Docket Number: M–2021–001–M. Petitioner: Haile Gold Mine, Inc., 7980 Haile Gold Mine Rd., Kershaw, SC (ZIP 29067). Mine: Haile Gold Mine, MSHA ID No. 38–00600, located in Lancaster County, South Carolina. Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 49.2(c) (Availability of mine rescue teams). Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard, 30 CFR 49.2(c), to permit an alternative method of compliance with the standard with respect to the requirement for a minimum of one year underground mine rescue experience for all members of an underground rescue team. The petitioner states that: (a) Haile Gold Mine is a small and remote mine, with no underground mine rescue coverage located in the State of South Carolina. (b) The closest underground mine rescue stations that could provide mine rescue coverage are located in Luttrell, Tennessee, and Ellijay, Georgia. These are 275 miles and 341 miles away, respectively, by ground travel. (c) Pursuant to 30 CFR 49.2(f), except where alternative compliance is permitted under 30 CFR 49.3 or 30 CFR 49.4, no mine served by a mine rescue team shall be located more than two hours ground travel time from the mine rescue station with which the rescue team is associated. (d) The Haile Gold Mine currently employs approximately 536 miners and produces approximately 100,000 tons per day. The mine operates open pit and will commence underground mining in E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 114 (Wednesday, June 16, 2021)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration

[OMB Control No. 1219-0119]


Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Diesel-Powered 
Equipment in 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 
request for comment 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 request 
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 Diesel-Powered 
Equipment in Underground Coal Mines.

DATES: All comments must be received on or before August 16, 2021.

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-
2021-0007. 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 your comment includes 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: Jessica Senk, 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 requires mine operators to provide important safety and health 
protections to underground coal miners who work on and around diesel-
powered equipment. The engines powering diesel equipment are potential 
contributors to fires and explosion hazards in the confined environment 
of an underground coal mine where combustible coal dust and explosive 
methane gas are present. Diesel equipment operating in underground coal 
mines also can pose serious health risks to miners from exposure to 
diesel exhaust emissions, including diesel particulates, oxides of 
nitrogen, and carbon monoxide. Diesel exhaust is a lung carcinogen in 
animals.
    Information collection requirements are found in: Section 
75.1901(a), Diesel fuel requirements; section 75.1911(j), Fire 
suppression systems for diesel-powered equipment and fuel 
transportation units; section 75.1912(i), Fire suppression systems for 
permanent underground diesel fuel storage facilities; sections 
75.1914(f)(1), (f)(2), (g)(5), (h)(1), and (h)(2), Maintenance of 
diesel-powered equipment; and sections 75.1915(b)(5), (c)(1), and 
(c)(2), Training and qualification of persons working on diesel-powered 
equipment.

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II. Desired Focus of Comments

    MSHA is soliciting comments concerning the proposed information 
collection related to Diesel-Powered Equipment in 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;
     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.

III. Current Actions

    This information collection request concerns provisions for Diesel-
Powered Equipment in 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 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: 1219-0119.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 126.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Number of Responses: 170,641.
    Annual Burden Hours: 13,844 hours.
    Annual Respondent or Recordkeeper Cost: $312,294.
    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.

Jessica Senk,
Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2021-12606 Filed 6-15-21; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-43-P