Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards, 46021-46023 [2021-17553]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 17, 2021 / Notices for hazardous conditions at the projected location of the well, notify the District Manager, and take reasonable measures to locate the well, including visual observation/inspection or through survey data. Mining may resume if the well is located and no hazardous conditions exist. If the well cannot be located, the mine operator shall work with District Manager to resolve any issues before mining resumes. (18) The provisions of this petition do not impair the authority of representatives of MSHA to interrupt or halt the well intersection and to issue a withdrawal order when they deem it necessary for the safety of the miners. MSHA may order an interruption or cessation of the well intersection and/or a withdrawal of personnel by issuing either a verbal or written order to that effect to a representative of the mine operator. Operations in the affected area of the mine may not resume until a representative of MSHA permits resumption. The mine operator and miners shall comply with verbal or written MSHA orders immediately. All verbal orders shall be committed to writing within a reasonable time as conditions permit. (19) A copy of the decision and order shall be maintained at the mine and available to the miners. (20) If the well is not plugged to the total depth of all minable coal seams identified in the core hole logs, any coal seams beneath the lowest plug will remain subject to the barrier requirements of 30 CFR 75.1700, should those coal seams be developed in the future. (21) All necessary safety precautions and safe practices according to Industry Standards and required by MSHA regulations and State regulatory agencies having jurisdiction over the plugging site will be followed to provide the upmost protection to the miners involved in the process. (22) All miners involved in the plugging or re-plugging operations will be trained on the contents of the decision and order prior to starting the process, and a copy of the decision and order will be posted at the well site until the plugging or re-plugging has been completed. (23) Mechanical bridge plugs should incorporate the best available technologies that are either required or recognized by the State regulatory agency and/or oil and gas industry. (24) Within 30 days after the decision and order becomes final, the mine operator shall submit proposed revisions for its approved 30 CFR part 48 training plan to the District Manager. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Aug 16, 2021 Jkt 253001 46021 These proposed revisions shall include initial and refresher training on compliance with the terms and conditions stated in the decision and order. The mine operator shall provide all miners involved in well intersection with training on the requirements of the decision and order prior to mining within 150 feet of the well intended to be mined through. (25) The responsible person required under 30 CFR 75.1501 (Emergency evacuations) is responsible for well intersection emergencies. The well intersection procedures should be reviewed by the responsible person prior to any planned intersection. (26) Within 30 days after the decision and order becomes final, the mine operator shall submit proposed revisions for its approved mine emergency evacuation and firefighting program of instruction required under 30 CFR 75.1502. The mine operator will revise the program of instruction to include the hazards and evacuation procedures to be used for well intersections. All underground miners will be trained in this revised plan within 30 days of submittal. 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. number of the petition in the subject line of the message. 2. Facsimile: 202–693–9441. 3. Regular Mail or Hand Delivery: 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 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. Jessica Senk, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. I. Background [FR Doc. 2021–17554 Filed 8–16–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4520–43–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 is a summary 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 September 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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–2021–027–C. Petitioner: Emery County Coal Resources, Inc., P.O. Box 910, East Carbon, Utah (ZIP 84520). Mine: Lila Canyon Mine, MSHA ID No. 42–02241, located in Carbon County, Utah. Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.507– 1(a) (Electric equipment other than E:\FR\FM\17AUN1.SGM 17AUN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 46022 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 17, 2021 / Notices 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 miners at the Lila Canyon Mine in Utah. Specifically, the petitioner is applying to use the battery-powered CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR–800 powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) in return air outby the last open crosscut. The petitioner states that: (a) The 3M Airstream Mining Headgear-Mounted model PAPR provides a constant flow of filtered air which results in a reduction of the miners’ exposure to respirable dust, thus reducing their health risks. (b) With discontinuance of the MSHA-approved 3M Airstream Mining Headgear-Mounted model PAPR, there are no other MSHA-approved PAPRs available. (c) The use of the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPRs will provide miners in MMU 004–0 with a constant flow of filtered air which results in a reduction of the miners’ exposure to respirable dust, thus reducing their health risks. (d) The use of the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPRs will protect miners from respirable dust when working in return air outby the last open crosscut performing maintenance such as, but not limited to, un-plugging dust lines, timbering, or maintaining pumps. (e) The CleanSpace EX—full or half mask PAPR is intrinsically safe and is certified by UL under the ANSI/UL 60079–11 standard to be used in hazardous locations because it meets the intrinsic safety protection level. The unit is acceptable in other jurisdictions for use in mines with the potential for methane accumulation. The CleanSpace EX PAPR is an air filtering, fan assisted positive pressure mask which is used in different applications, including high dust environments. The CleanSpace EX PAPR is lightweight and compact and requires no hoses, cables, or beltmounted battery packs. It requires few replacement parts and no servicing or maintenance. It is compatible with personal protective equipment. (f) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR is intrinsically safe and is certified by UL under the ANSI/UL 60079–11 standard to be used in hazardous locations. This unit is acceptable in other jurisdictions for use in mines with the potential for methane accumulation. The 3M Versaflo TR–800 is ergonomically designed for greater movement in tight work spaces. It helps protect against certain airborne VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Aug 16, 2021 Jkt 253001 contaminates and has a multi-speed blower. The PAPR is easy to use and maintain and has audible and visual alarms. The 3M Versaflo TR–800 battery offers a long run time and charges quickly. The unit has interchangeable components which will enable the petitioner to customize the PAPR system to help meet the needs of their specific applications. The petitioner proposes the following alternative method: (a) The petitioner will use the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPRs in return air outby the last open crosscut to protect miners from exposure to respirable dust. (b) The batteries for the PAPRs will be charged outby the last open crosscut when not in operation. (c) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 batteries will be charged by the 3M battery Charger TR–641N or the 3M 4-Station battery charger TR–644N. (d) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR will only use the 3M TR–830 battery pack. (e) Affected miners will be trained in the proper use and care of the PAPR units in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions. (f) The PAPRs will be checked for physical damage and the integrity of the case. (g) If methane is detected in concentrations of 1.0 percent or more, procedures in accordance with 30 CFR 75.323 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. Docket Number: M–2021–028–C. Petitioner: Emery County Coal Resources, Inc., P.O. Box 910, East Carbon, Utah (ZIP 84520). Mine: Lila Canyon Mine, MSHA ID No. 42–02241, located in Carbon County, Utah. 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 miners at the Lila Canyon mine in Utah. Specifically, the petitioner is applying to utilize the battery-powered CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPRs within 150 feet of pillar workings or the longwall face. The petitioner states that: (a) The 3M Airstream Mining Headgear-Mounted model PAPR provides a constant flow of filtered air PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 which results in a reduction of the miners’ exposure to respirable dust, thus reducing their health risks. (b) With discontinuance of the MSHA-approved 3M Airstream Mining Headgear-Mounted model PAPR, there are no other MSHA-approved PAPRs available. (c) The use of the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPRs will provide miners in MMU 004–0 with constant flow of filtered air which results in a reduction of miners’ exposure to respirable dust, thus reducing their health risks. (d) The use of the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPRs will protect miners from respirable dust when working within 150 feet of pillar workings, the longwall face, and the section faces. (e) The CleanSpace EX—full or half mask PAPR is intrinsically safe and is certified by UL under the ANSI/UL 60079–11 standard to be used in hazardous locations because it meets the intrinsic safety protection level. The unit is acceptable in other jurisdictions for use in mines with the potential for methane accumulation. The CleanSpace EX PAPR is an air filtering, fan assisted positive pressure mask which is used in different applications, including high dust environments. The CleanSpace EX PAPR is lightweight and compact and requires no hoses, cables, or beltmounted battery packs. It requires few replacement parts and no servicing or maintenance. It is compatible with personal protective equipment. (f) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR is intrinsically safe and is certified by UL under the ANSI/UL 60079–11 standard to be used in hazardous locations. This unit is acceptable in other jurisdictions for use in mines with the potential for methane accumulation. The 3M Versaflo TR–800 is ergonomically designed for greater movement in tight work spaces. It helps protect against certain airborne contaminates and has a multi-speed blower. The PAPR is easy to use and maintain and has audible and visual alarms. The 3M Versaflo TR–800 battery offers a long run time and charges quickly. The unit has interchangeable components which will enable the petitioner to customize the PAPR system to help meet the needs of their specific applications. The petitioner proposes the following alternative method: (a) The petitioner will use the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPRs to protect miners from exposure to respirable dust. (b) The batteries for the PAPRs will be charged outby the last open crosscut when not in operation. E:\FR\FM\17AUN1.SGM 17AUN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 17, 2021 / Notices (c) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 batteries will be charged by the 3M battery Charger TR–641N or the 3M 4-Station battery charger TR–644N. (d) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR will only use the 3M TR–830 battery pack. (e) Affected miners will be trained in the proper use and care of the PAPR units in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions. (f) The PAPRs will be checked for physical damage and the integrity of the case. (g) If methane is detected in concentrations of 1.0 percent or more, procedures in accordance with 30 CFR 75.323 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. Docket Number: M–2021–029–C. Petitioner: Emery County Coal Resources, Inc., P.O. Box 910, East Carbon, Utah (ZIP 84520). Mine: Lila Canyon Mine, MSHA ID No. 42–02241, located in Carbon County, Utah. 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 Lila Canyon Mine in Utah. Specifically, the petitioner is applying to utilize the battery-powered CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPRs inby the last open crosscut. The petitioner states that: (a) The 3M Airstream Mining Headgear-Mounted model PAPR provides a constant flow of filtered air which results in a reduction of the miners’ exposure to respirable dust, thus reducing their health risks. (b) With discontinuance of the MSHA-approved 3M Airstream Mining Headgear-Mounted model PAPR, there are no other MSHA-approved PAPRs available. (c) The use of the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPRs will provide miners in MMU 004–0 with constant flow of filtered air which results in a reduction of miners’ exposure to respirable dust, thus reducing their health risks. (d) The use of the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPRs will protect miners from respirable dust when working inby the last open crosscut. (e) The CleanSpace EX—full or half mask PAPR is intrinsically safe and is certified by UL under the ANSI/UL 60079–11 standard to be used in VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Aug 16, 2021 Jkt 253001 hazardous locations because it meets the intrinsic safety protection level. The unit is acceptable in other jurisdictions for use in mines with the potential for methane accumulation. The CleanSpace EX PAPR is an air filtering, fan assisted positive pressure mask which is used in different applications, including high dust environments. The CleanSpace EX PAPR is lightweight and compact and requires no hoses, cables, or beltmounted battery packs. It requires few replacement parts and no servicing or maintenance. It is compatible with personal protective equipment. (f) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR is intrinsically safe and is certified by UL under the ANSI/UL 60079–11 standard to be used in hazardous locations. This unit is acceptable in other jurisdictions for use in mines with the potential for methane accumulation. The 3M Versaflo TR–800 is ergonomically designed for greater movement in tight work spaces. It helps protect against certain airborne contaminates and has a multi-speed blower. The PAPR is easy to use and maintain and has audible and visual alarms. The 3M Versaflo TR–800 battery offers a long run time and charges quickly. The unit has interchangeable components which will enable the petitioner to customize the PAPR system to help meet the needs of their specific applications. The petitioner proposes the following alternative method: (a) The petitioner will use the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPRs to protect miners from exposure to respirable dust. (b) The batteries for the PAPRs will be charged outby the last open crosscut when not in operation. (c) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 batteries will be charged by the 3M battery Charger TR–641N or the 3M 4-Station battery charger TR–644N. (d) The 3M Versaflo TR–800 PAPR will only use the 3M TR–830 battery pack. (e) Affected miners will be trained in the proper use and care of the PAPR units in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions. (f) The PAPRs will be checked for physical damage and the integrity of the case. (g) If methane is detected in concentrations of 1.0 percent or more, procedures in accordance with 30 CFR 75.323 will be followed. 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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 is a summary 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 September 16, 
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: 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), 
[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-2021-027-C.
    Petitioner: Emery County Coal Resources, Inc., P.O. Box 910, East 
Carbon, Utah (ZIP 84520).
    Mine: Lila Canyon Mine, MSHA ID No. 42-02241, located in Carbon 
County, Utah.
    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.507-1(a) (Electric equipment other 
than

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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 miners at the Lila 
Canyon Mine in Utah. Specifically, the petitioner is applying to use 
the battery-powered CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR-800 powered air 
purifying respirators (PAPRs) in return air outby the last open 
crosscut.
    The petitioner states that:
    (a) The 3M Airstream Mining Headgear-Mounted model PAPR provides a 
constant flow of filtered air which results in a reduction of the 
miners' exposure to respirable dust, thus reducing their health risks.
    (b) With discontinuance of the MSHA-approved 3M Airstream Mining 
Headgear-Mounted model PAPR, there are no other MSHA-approved PAPRs 
available.
    (c) The use of the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPRs will 
provide miners in MMU 004-0 with a constant flow of filtered air which 
results in a reduction of the miners' exposure to respirable dust, thus 
reducing their health risks.
    (d) The use of the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPRs will 
protect miners from respirable dust when working in return air outby 
the last open crosscut performing maintenance such as, but not limited 
to, un-plugging dust lines, timbering, or maintaining pumps.
    (e) The CleanSpace EX--full or half mask PAPR is intrinsically safe 
and is certified by UL under the ANSI/UL 60079-11 standard to be used 
in hazardous locations because it meets the intrinsic safety protection 
level. The unit is acceptable in other jurisdictions for use in mines 
with the potential for methane accumulation. The CleanSpace EX PAPR is 
an air filtering, fan assisted positive pressure mask which is used in 
different applications, including high dust environments. The 
CleanSpace EX PAPR is lightweight and compact and requires no hoses, 
cables, or belt-mounted battery packs. It requires few replacement 
parts and no servicing or maintenance. It is compatible with personal 
protective equipment.
    (f) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR is intrinsically safe and is 
certified by UL under the ANSI/UL 60079-11 standard to be used in 
hazardous locations. This unit is acceptable in other jurisdictions for 
use in mines with the potential for methane accumulation. The 3M 
Versaflo TR-800 is ergonomically designed for greater movement in tight 
work spaces. It helps protect against certain airborne contaminates and 
has a multi-speed blower. The PAPR is easy to use and maintain and has 
audible and visual alarms. The 3M Versaflo TR-800 battery offers a long 
run time and charges quickly. The unit has interchangeable components 
which will enable the petitioner to customize the PAPR system to help 
meet the needs of their specific applications.
    The petitioner proposes the following alternative method:
    (a) The petitioner will use the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR-
800 PAPRs in return air outby the last open crosscut to protect miners 
from exposure to respirable dust.
    (b) The batteries for the PAPRs will be charged outby the last open 
crosscut when not in operation.
    (c) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 batteries will be charged by the 3M 
battery Charger TR-641N or the 3M 4-Station battery charger TR-644N.
    (d) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR will only use the 3M TR-830 battery 
pack.
    (e) Affected miners will be trained in the proper use and care of 
the PAPR units in accordance with manufacturers' instructions.
    (f) The PAPRs will be checked for physical damage and the integrity 
of the case.
    (g) If methane is detected in concentrations of 1.0 percent or 
more, procedures in accordance with 30 CFR 75.323 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.
    Docket Number: M-2021-028-C.
    Petitioner: Emery County Coal Resources, Inc., P.O. Box 910, East 
Carbon, Utah (ZIP 84520).
    Mine: Lila Canyon Mine, MSHA ID No. 42-02241, located in Carbon 
County, Utah.
    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 miners at the Lila 
Canyon mine in Utah. Specifically, the petitioner is applying to 
utilize the battery-powered CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPRs 
within 150 feet of pillar workings or the longwall face.
    The petitioner states that:
    (a) The 3M Airstream Mining Headgear-Mounted model PAPR provides a 
constant flow of filtered air which results in a reduction of the 
miners' exposure to respirable dust, thus reducing their health risks.
    (b) With discontinuance of the MSHA-approved 3M Airstream Mining 
Headgear-Mounted model PAPR, there are no other MSHA-approved PAPRs 
available.
    (c) The use of the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPRs will 
provide miners in MMU 004-0 with constant flow of filtered air which 
results in a reduction of miners' exposure to respirable dust, thus 
reducing their health risks.
    (d) The use of the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPRs will 
protect miners from respirable dust when working within 150 feet of 
pillar workings, the longwall face, and the section faces.
    (e) The CleanSpace EX--full or half mask PAPR is intrinsically safe 
and is certified by UL under the ANSI/UL 60079-11 standard to be used 
in hazardous locations because it meets the intrinsic safety protection 
level. The unit is acceptable in other jurisdictions for use in mines 
with the potential for methane accumulation. The CleanSpace EX PAPR is 
an air filtering, fan assisted positive pressure mask which is used in 
different applications, including high dust environments. The 
CleanSpace EX PAPR is lightweight and compact and requires no hoses, 
cables, or belt-mounted battery packs. It requires few replacement 
parts and no servicing or maintenance. It is compatible with personal 
protective equipment.
    (f) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR is intrinsically safe and is 
certified by UL under the ANSI/UL 60079-11 standard to be used in 
hazardous locations. This unit is acceptable in other jurisdictions for 
use in mines with the potential for methane accumulation. The 3M 
Versaflo TR-800 is ergonomically designed for greater movement in tight 
work spaces. It helps protect against certain airborne contaminates and 
has a multi-speed blower. The PAPR is easy to use and maintain and has 
audible and visual alarms. The 3M Versaflo TR-800 battery offers a long 
run time and charges quickly. The unit has interchangeable components 
which will enable the petitioner to customize the PAPR system to help 
meet the needs of their specific applications.
    The petitioner proposes the following alternative method:
    (a) The petitioner will use the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR-
800 PAPRs to protect miners from exposure to respirable dust.
    (b) The batteries for the PAPRs will be charged outby the last open 
crosscut when not in operation.

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    (c) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 batteries will be charged by the 3M 
battery Charger TR-641N or the 3M 4-Station battery charger TR-644N.
    (d) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR will only use the 3M TR-830 battery 
pack.
    (e) Affected miners will be trained in the proper use and care of 
the PAPR units in accordance with manufacturers' instructions.
    (f) The PAPRs will be checked for physical damage and the integrity 
of the case.
    (g) If methane is detected in concentrations of 1.0 percent or 
more, procedures in accordance with 30 CFR 75.323 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.
    Docket Number: M-2021-029-C.
    Petitioner: Emery County Coal Resources, Inc., P.O. Box 910, East 
Carbon, Utah (ZIP 84520).
    Mine: Lila Canyon Mine, MSHA ID No. 42-02241, located in Carbon 
County, Utah.
    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 Lila Canyon 
Mine in Utah. Specifically, the petitioner is applying to utilize the 
battery-powered CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPRs inby the 
last open crosscut.
    The petitioner states that:
    (a) The 3M Airstream Mining Headgear-Mounted model PAPR provides a 
constant flow of filtered air which results in a reduction of the 
miners' exposure to respirable dust, thus reducing their health risks.
    (b) With discontinuance of the MSHA-approved 3M Airstream Mining 
Headgear-Mounted model PAPR, there are no other MSHA-approved PAPRs 
available.
    (c) The use of the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPRs will 
provide miners in MMU 004-0 with constant flow of filtered air which 
results in a reduction of miners' exposure to respirable dust, thus 
reducing their health risks.
    (d) The use of the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPRs will 
protect miners from respirable dust when working inby the last open 
crosscut.
    (e) The CleanSpace EX--full or half mask PAPR is intrinsically safe 
and is certified by UL under the ANSI/UL 60079-11 standard to be used 
in hazardous locations because it meets the intrinsic safety protection 
level. The unit is acceptable in other jurisdictions for use in mines 
with the potential for methane accumulation. The CleanSpace EX PAPR is 
an air filtering, fan assisted positive pressure mask which is used in 
different applications, including high dust environments. The 
CleanSpace EX PAPR is lightweight and compact and requires no hoses, 
cables, or belt-mounted battery packs. It requires few replacement 
parts and no servicing or maintenance. It is compatible with personal 
protective equipment.
    (f) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR is intrinsically safe and is 
certified by UL under the ANSI/UL 60079-11 standard to be used in 
hazardous locations. This unit is acceptable in other jurisdictions for 
use in mines with the potential for methane accumulation. The 3M 
Versaflo TR-800 is ergonomically designed for greater movement in tight 
work spaces. It helps protect against certain airborne contaminates and 
has a multi-speed blower. The PAPR is easy to use and maintain and has 
audible and visual alarms. The 3M Versaflo TR-800 battery offers a long 
run time and charges quickly. The unit has interchangeable components 
which will enable the petitioner to customize the PAPR system to help 
meet the needs of their specific applications.
    The petitioner proposes the following alternative method:
    (a) The petitioner will use the CleanSpace EX and 3M Versaflo TR-
800 PAPRs to protect miners from exposure to respirable dust.
    (b) The batteries for the PAPRs will be charged outby the last open 
crosscut when not in operation.
    (c) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 batteries will be charged by the 3M 
battery Charger TR-641N or the 3M 4-Station battery charger TR-644N.
    (d) The 3M Versaflo TR-800 PAPR will only use the 3M TR-830 battery 
pack.
    (e) Affected miners will be trained in the proper use and care of 
the PAPR units in accordance with manufacturers' instructions.
    (f) The PAPRs will be checked for physical damage and the integrity 
of the case.
    (g) If methane is detected in concentrations of 1.0 percent or 
more, procedures in accordance with 30 CFR 75.323 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. 2021-17553 Filed 8-16-21; 8:45 am]
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