Mine Safety and Health Administration June 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure of Underground Metal and Nonmetal Miners
Document Number: C5-10681
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure of Underground Metal and Nonmetal Miners
Document Number: 05-12817
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This document contains corrections to the preamble and rule text of the final rule that was published in the Federal Register on Monday, June 6, 2005 (70 FR 32868). The rule relates to diesel particulate matter exposure of underground metal and nonmetal miners.
OMB Control Numbers Under the Paperwork Reduction Act
Document Number: 05-12816
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This technical amendment updates the listing of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control numbers for MSHA's standards and regulations. We are prohibited from conducting a collection of information unless we display a currently valid OMB control number. This consolidated listing assists the public in searching for current MSHA standards and regulations that include information collection, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements approved by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Underground Coal Mine Ventilation-Safety Standards for the Use of a Belt Entry as an Intake Air Course To Ventilate Working Sections and Areas Where Mechanized Mining Equipment Is Being Installed or Removed
Document Number: 05-12813
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
On April 2, 2004, the Mine Safety and Health Administration published a final rule revising underground coal mine ventilation standards to allow the use of air traveling in the belt entry to ventilate working sections or areas where mechanized mining equipment is being installed or removed. The International Union, United Mine Workers of America and Jim Walter Resources, Inc. challenged the rule. On May 24, 2005, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion denying the Union's petition for review and granting the petition of Jim Walter Resources, Inc. Jim Walter Resources, Inc.'s petition challenged the Secretary of Labor's promulgation of 30 Code of Federal Regulations section 75.350(a)(2), which, under certain circumstances, set a velocity cap of 500 feet per minute in the belt entry of underground coal mines. This document provides notice of, and effectuates, the Court's opinion to vacate paragraph (a)(2) of section 75.350 and remand the matter to the Secretary of Labor.
Emergency Evacuations
Document Number: 05-12371
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-23
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This document makes correcting amendments to four existing standards that are affected by an MSHA rulemaking concerning emergency evacuations in underground coal mines. The rule revised and renumbered an existing standard, but did not update cross-references to that standard. This document updates these cross-references, and makes a non-substantial correction to the wording in a separate reference.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: 05-12184
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-21
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure of Underground Metal and Nonmetal Miners
Document Number: 05-10681
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-06
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This final rule revises MSHA's existing standards addressing diesel particulate matter (DPM) exposure in underground metal and nonmetal (M/NM) mines. In this final rule, MSHA changes the interim concentration limit measured by total carbon (TC) to a comparable permissible exposure limit (PEL) measured by elemental carbon (EC), which renders a more accurate DPM exposure measurement. Also, this final rule increases flexibility of compliance for mine operators by requiring MSHA's longstanding hierarchy of controls for its other exposure-based health standards at M/NM mines, but retains the prohibition on rotation of miners for compliance. Furthermore, this final rule: Requires MSHA to consider economic as well as technological feasibility in determining if operators qualify for an extension of time in which to meet the final DPM limit; deletes the requirement for a control plan; and makes conforming changes to existing provisions concerning compliance determinations, environmental monitoring and recordkeeping.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: 05-10939
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-02
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration