Mine Safety and Health Administration December 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fee Adjustment for Testing, Evaluation, and Approval of Mining Products
Document Number: E7-25079
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-27
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. The new fee schedule, effective January 1, 2008, is based on MSHA's direct and indirect costs for providing services during fiscal year (FY) 2007.
Fire Extinguishers in Underground Coal Mines
Document Number: E7-24747
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-12-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), is proposing to amend the current standard for the quantity and location of firefighting equipment and materials underground to ensure that they are readily available to quickly extinguish a fire. In lieu of the current requirements for rock dust and other firefighting materials, this proposed rule would allow the use of portable fire extinguishers in working sections of underground anthracite coal mines that have no electrical equipment at the face and produce less than 300 tons of coal per shift. The rule also would require an additional fire extinguisher in lieu of rock dust at temporary electrical installations in all underground coal mines.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Examinations & Testing of Electrical Equipment Including Exam, Testing, and Maintenance of High Voltage Longwalls
Document Number: E7-24692
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-20
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.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: 07-6094
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This is a correction to a petition for modification notice that was published in the Federal Register on December 3, 2007 (72 FR 67970), for Affirmative Decisions on Petitions for Modification. In the notice we inadvertently listed the petition for modification, docket number M-2005-079-C, RS&W Coal Company, RS&W Drift Mine, MSHA I.D. No. 36-01818, as a granted petition. This petition for modification has not been granted.
Sealing of Abandoned Areas
Document Number: 07-6128
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-12-19
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reopening the comment period for the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on sealing of abandoned areas of underground coal mines to provide commenters time to review and submit comments on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Draft Report ``CFD [Computational Fluid Dynamics] Study and Structural Analysis of the Sago Mine Accident'' (Report).
Proposed Information Collection Request; Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Qualification/Certification Program and Man Hoist Operators Physical Fitness
Document Number: E7-23942
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-11
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 preclearance 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 ensure that requested data is 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.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Mine Accident, Injury, and Illness Report and Quarterly Mine Employment and Coal Production Report (MSHA Forms 7000-1 and 7000-2)
Document Number: E7-23941
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-11
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.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E7-23933
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-11
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.
Affirmative Decisions on Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E7-23395
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-03
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) enforces mine operator compliance with mandatory safety and health standards that protect miners and improve safety and health conditions in U.S. Mines. This Federal Register Notice (FR Notice) notifies the public that it has investigated and issued a final decision on certain mine operator petitions to modify a safety standard.