Mine Safety and Health Administration 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fee Adjustment for Testing, Evaluation, and Approval of Mining Products
Document Number: E6-22317
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This notice describes MSHA's revised fee schedule for testing, evaluating, and approving mining products as permitted by 30 CFR 5.50. MSHA charges applicants a fee to cover its costs associated with testing and evaluating equipment and materials manufactured for use in the mining industry. MSHA will apply the new fee schedule beginning on January 1, 2007. The new fee schedule is based on MSHA's direct and indirect costs for providing services during fiscal year (FY) 2006.
Technical Study Panel on the Utilization of Belt Air and the Composition and Fire Retardant Properties of Belt Materials in Underground Coal Mining
Document Number: E6-22031
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This notice informs interested persons of the first meeting of the Technical Study Panel (Panel) on the Utilization of Belt Air and the Composition and Fire Retardant Properties of Belt Materials in Underground Coal Mining. The public is invited to attend.
Emergency Mine Evacuation
Document Number: 06-9608
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is issuing this final rule to revise the Agency's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which addresses standards in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), title 30, parts 48, 50, and 75. The final rule includes requirements for increased availability and storage of self-contained self-rescue devices (SCSRs); improved emergency evacuation drills and self-contained self-rescue device training; and the installation and maintenance of lifelines in underground coal mines. In addition, the final rule requires immediate accident notification applicable to all mines. The requirements provide an improved, integrated approach to emergency evacuation training and emergency preparedness. This final rule does not reduce protections afforded miners under existing standards.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E6-20571
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR Part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification filed by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards published in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E6-20569
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification filed by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards published in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Notice Proposed Information Collection Request; Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Ventilation Plans, Tests, and Examinations in Underground Coal Mines
Document Number: E6-19393
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-16
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. 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 concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR Sections 75.310, 312, 342, 351, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 370, 371, and 382.
Criteria and Procedures for Proposed Assessment of Civil Penalties
Document Number: 06-8933
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reopening the comment period to the proposed rule amending the criteria and procedures for proposed assessment of civil penalties. The proposed rule was published on September 8, 2006.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E6-16489
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E6-16309
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-03
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Petition for Modification
Document Number: E6-16308
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-03
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: 06-8248
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: 06-8247
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: 06-8246
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Mine Rescue Teams; Arrangements for Emergency Medical Assistance; and Arrangements for Transportation for Injured Persons
Document Number: E6-14915
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-11
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. 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 concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR Sections 49.2 through 49.4, 49.6 through 49.9, 75.1713-1, and 77.1702; Mine Rescue Teams; Arrangements for Emergency Medical Assistance; and Arrangements for Transportation for Injured Persons.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Generic Solicitation for Training Grant Applications
Document Number: E6-14910
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-11
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)]. 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'' or the ``Agency'') is soliciting comments concerning the request for a new information collection related to the establish of a program to award competitive grants for education and training, to be know as the Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E6-14888
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Criteria and Procedures for Proposed Assessment of Civil Penalties
Document Number: 06-7512
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to amend its civil penalty regulations to increase penalty amounts and to implement new requirements of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006 amendments to the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act). In addition, MSHA is proposing to revise procedures for proposing civil monetary penalties to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the civil penalty process. These changes are intended to induce greater mine operator compliance with the Mine Act and MSHA's safety and health standards and regulations, thereby improving safety and health for miners.
Program Policy Letter P06-V-9: Section 2 of MINER Act; Emergency Response Plan, Post-Accident Breathable Air
Document Number: 06-7260
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
On June 15, 2006, the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006 was enacted. In accordance with Section 2 of the MINER Act, each underground coal mine operator must submit an emergency response plan (ERP) to the appropriate MSHA District Manager. The ERP provides for the evacuation of all individuals endangered by an emergency and also for the maintenance of individuals trapped underground in the event that miners are unable to evacuate the mine. MSHA is soliciting comments that address the availability of readily accessible breathable air that would be sufficient to maintain miners trapped underground over a sustained period of time. MSHA will consider these comments in developing guidance to assist in assuring that the ERPs provide safe and reliable post-accident breathable air supplies for trapped miners.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Gamma Radiation Exposure Records
Document Number: E6-14319
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. 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 concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR Sections 57.5047; Gamma Radiation Exposure Records.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E6-14308
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E6-14258
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Records of Preshift and Onshift Inspections of Slope and Shaft Areas. (Pertains to Slope and Shaft Sinking Operation at Coal Mines)
Document Number: E6-11850
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-25
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. 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 concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR 77.1901Records of Preshift and Onshift Inspections of Slope and Shaft Areas.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Explosive Materials and Blasting Units
Document Number: E6-11848
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-25
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)]. 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 concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR Sections 57.22606(a); Explosive Materials and Blasting Units.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Main Fan Operation and Inspection
Document Number: E6-11847
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-25
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)]. 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 concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR Section 57.22204, Main Fan Operation.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Daily Inspection of Surface Coal Mine; Certified Person; Reports of Inspection (Pertains to Surface Coal Mines)
Document Number: E6-11845
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-25
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. 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 concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR 77.1713; Daily Inspection of Surface Coal Mine; Certified Person; Reports of Inspection.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Escape and Evacuation Plans
Document Number: E6-11834
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-25
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. 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 concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR 77.1101; Escape and Evacuation Plans.
Section 110(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977; Interpretation
Document Number: E6-10666
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-10
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Interpretive Bulletin reproduced below sets forth a statement of the Secretary of Labor's interpretation of Section 110(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), 30 U.S.C. 820(c), as it relates to agents of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). The Interpretive Bulletin is considered an interpretive rule and provides an explanation of the Secretary's interpretation of Section 110(c) and the rationale supporting that interpretation. For the reasons set forth below, the Secretary's interpretation is that Section 110(c) of the Mine Act is applicable to agents of LLCs. The effect of the Secretary's interpretation is that agents of LLCs may be held personally liable under Section 110(c) of the Mine Act if they knowingly authorize, order, or carry out a violation of any mandatory health or safety standard under the Act or a violation of or failure or refusal to comply with any order issued under the Act or any order incorporated in a final decision issued under certain provisions of the Act.
Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure of Underground Metal and Nonmetal Miners
Document Number: E6-10084
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-06-27
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This document contains corrections to the final rule addressing ``Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure of Underground Metal and Nonmetal Miners,'' and published in the Federal Register on Thursday, May 18, 2006 (71 FR 28924).
Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure of Underground Metal and Nonmetal Miners
Document Number: E6-9067
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-06-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will conduct three outreach seminars to assist metal and nonmetal underground mine operators who use diesel-powered equipment in complying with the diesel particulate matter (DPM) health standards published on May 18, 2006 (71 FR 28924). The seminars will also address requirements for special extensions of time in which to meet the final limit.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Petitions for Modification of Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: E6-9005
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. 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 concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR Sections 44.9, 44.10, and 44.11; Petitions for Modification of Mandatory Safety Standards.
Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure of Underground Metal and Nonmetal Miners
Document Number: C6-4494
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-06-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Emergency Mine Evacuation
Document Number: 06-4825
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-05-24
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration is extending the comment period for the Emergency Temporary Standard on Emergency Mine Evacuation published on March 9, 2006 (71 FR 12252). This action is in response to a request from the public.
Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure of Underground Metal and Nonmetal Miners
Document Number: 06-4494
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-05-18
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This final rule revises the May 20, 2006 effective date of the diesel particulate matter (DPM) final concentration limit of 160 micrograms of total carbon (TC) per cubic meter of air (160TC [mu]g/m3) promulgated in the 2001 final rule ``Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure of Underground Metal and Nonmetal Miners,'' and published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2001 (66 FR 5706) and amended on September 19, 2005 (70 FR 55019). This final rule increases flexibility of compliance for mine operators by allowing staggered effective dates for implementation of the final DPM limit, phased-in over a two-year period, primarily based on feasibility issues which have surfaced since promulgation of the 2001 final rule. Furthermore this final rule establishes requirements for medical evaluation of miners required to wear respiratory protection and transfer of miners who are medically unable to wear a respirator; deletes the existing provision that restricts newer mines from applying for an extension of time in which to meet the final concentration limit; addresses technological and economic feasibility issues, and the costs and benefits of this rule.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E6-7469
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Evaluation of International Electrotechnical Commission's Standards for Explosion-Proof Enclosures
Document Number: 06-4391
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-05-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
MSHA reviewed the requirements of the International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) standards for Electrical Apparatus for Explosive Gas Atmospheres to determine if they are equivalent to the Agency's applicable product approval requirements or can be modified to provide at least the same degree of protection as those requirements. MSHA has determined that the IEC's standards for explosion-proof enclosures, with modifications, provide the same degree of protection as MSHA's applicable product approval requirements. Applicants may request that MSHA grant product approval for explosion- proof (flameproof) enclosures based on compliance with the IEC standards provided MSHA's specified list of modifications is also addressed in the submitted design.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Fire Protection (Underground Coal Mines)
Document Number: E6-7001
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)]. 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 concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR 75.1100-3, 75.1103-8, 75.1103-11, and 75.1501; Fire Protection (Underground Coal Mines) and Mine Emergency Evacuation.
Section 110(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977; Interpretation
Document Number: 06-4317
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This Interpretive Bulletin sets forth a statement of the Secretary of Labor's interpretation of Section 110(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), 30 U.S.C. 820(c), as it relates to agents of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). The Interpretive Bulletin is considered an interpretive rule and provides an explanation of the Secretary's interpretation of Section 110(c) and the rationale supporting that interpretation. For the reasons set forth below, the Secretary's interpretation is that Section 110(c) of the Mine Act is applicable to agents of LLCs. The effect of the Secretary's interpretation is that agents of LLCs may be held personally liable under Section 110(c) of the Mine Act if they knowingly authorize, order, or carry out a violation of any mandatory health or safety standard under the Act or a violation of or failure or refusal to comply with any order issued under the Act or any order incorporated in a final decision issued under certain provisions of the Act.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Ground Control Plan
Document Number: E6-6857
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. 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.
Sago Mine Explosion, Buckhannon, WV; Public Hearing; Correction
Document Number: 06-3654
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This notice corrects the Notice of Public Hearing for Sago Mine explosion, Buckhannon, WV; MSHA's and State of West Virginia's investigation published in the Federal Register on April 13, 2006.
Sago Mine Explosion, Buckhannon, WV, Public Hearing
Document Number: 06-3580
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-13
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This notice sets a date, time, place and procedures for a public hearing in connection with the Mine Safety and Health Administration's and the State of West Virginia's investigation of the January 2, 2006 explosion at the Sago Mine in Buckhannon, West Virginia.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E6-4939
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Department of Labor Regulatory Review and Update
Document Number: 06-3041
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-03
Agency: Wage and Hour Division, Employment Standards Administration, Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is amending existing regulations to update obsolete non-substantive or nomenclature references in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This action is intended to improve the accuracy of the agency's regulations and does not impose any new regulatory or technical requirements. DOL is also publishing concurrently a separate rule amending existing Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations to update obsolete non-substantive references.
Equivalency Evaluation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Nonroad Diesel Engine Standards
Document Number: E6-4362
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
We intend to review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) standards for nonroad diesel engines to determine if certain EPA requirements in 40 CFR part 89, Control of Emissions From New and In- Use Nonroad Compression-Ignition Engines, provide, or can be modified to provide, at least the same degree of protection as our existing applicable requirements in 30 CFR part 7, subpart EDiesel Engines Intended for Use in Underground Coal Mines. This review is limited to the testing of Category B diesel engines as defined in 30 CFR 7.82, Definitions.
High-Voltage Continuous Mining Machine Standard for Underground Coal Mines
Document Number: E6-4359
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
We (the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)) are reproposing provisions involving two issues included in the notice of proposed rulemaking that was published in the Federal Register on July 16, 2004. These issues involve the following: Types of trailing cables that can be used with high-voltage continuous mining machines; and a requirement to use high-voltage insulating gloves or insulated cable handling tools when handling energized high-voltage trailing cables. In connection with the second issue, we are also addressing the availability requirement for high-voltage insulating gloves and insulated cable handling tools, and the safety requirements for these tools. We are reproposing these provisions after consideration of the oral and written pre- and post-hearing comments that we received.
Emergency Mine Evacuation
Document Number: 06-2907
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-27
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
MSHA is rescheduling the date of a public hearing announced in the March 9, 2006 Emergency Temporary Standard on Emergency Mine Evacuation (71 FR 12252). The April 11, 2006 public hearing is rescheduled for May 9, 2006.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Underground Retorts
Document Number: E6-4277
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-24
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)]. 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 concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR 57.22401; Underground Retorts.
Workshop on Mine Escape Planning and Emergency Shelters
Document Number: 06-2905
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-24
Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are hosting a workshop to identify the major issues and concerns related to mine escape planning and emergency shelters in the mining industry, and share information with the mining community. The workshop will provide for an exchange of information among all segments of the mining community involved with mine emergency preparedness and will generate an agenda for research to improve technology for mine safety in these areas.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E6-3748
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-15
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Mine Operator Dust Cards
Document Number: E6-3580
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-14
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
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 and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(c)(A)]. 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 concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR Sections 70.209, 71.209, and 90.209 Mine Operator Dust Data Card; 70.201(c), 71.201(c), 90.201(c) Reporting Operator Sampling Dates; 70.202(b), 71.202(b), and 90.202(b)Dust Sampling Certification; 70.220(a), 71.220(a), and 90.220(a)Reporting Status Changes; and 71.300, 71.301(d),90.300, and 90.301(d)Respirable Dust Control Plan.
Emergency Mine Evacuation
Document Number: 06-2255
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration is issuing an emergency temporary standard under section 101(b) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 in response to the grave danger which miners are exposed to during underground coal mine accidents and subsequent evacuations. The January 2006 mine accidents and fatalities demonstrate the need for the Mine Safety and Health Administration to take additional action that protects miners from the grave danger that they face when they must evacuate a mine after an emergency occurs. This emergency temporary standard includes requirements for immediate accident notification applicable to all underground and surface mines. In addition, this ETS addresses self-contained self-rescuer storage and use; evacuation training; and the installation and maintenance of lifelines in underground coal mines.