Petitions for Modification
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.
Mine Rescue Team Equipment
This proposed rule would amend MSHA's existing standard addressing mine rescue team equipment at mine rescue stations serving underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines. MSHA proposes to amend the existing standard to reflect advances in mine rescue team equipment technology. The proposed amendments would increase safety and improve effectiveness of mine rescue teams.
Mine Rescue Teams
The proposed rule would revise MSHA's existing standards for mine rescue teams for underground coal mines. It would strengthen training requirements and address composition, availability, and certification requirements for coal mine rescue teams. This proposed rule would implement the provisions of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act) to improve overall mine rescue service; improve mine emergency response time; improve mine rescue team effectiveness; and increase the quantity and quality of mine rescue team training.