Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines


Federal Register, Volume 80 Issue 188 (Tuesday, September 29, 2015)

Federal Register Volume 80, Number 188 (Tuesday, September 29, 2015)


Pages 58507-58508

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office

FR Doc No: 2015-24617




Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: On September 30, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit

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the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) revision titled, ``Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited.

DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before November 30, 2015.

ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free of charge from the Web site at (this link will only become active on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at

Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-

MSHA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-5806 (this is not a toll-free number); or by email: Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; or by email:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-

4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at

Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks approval under the PRA for revisions to the Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines information collection. MSHA regulations mandate each underground coal mine to have an emergency response plan and refuge alternative(s) to protect miners by providing secure spaces with isolated atmospheres that create life-sustaining environments when escape from a mine during a mine emergency is not possible. See 30 CFR 75.1506(c)(2), 75-1507, and 75-1508(a) and (b). This ICR covers the refuge alternatives portion of emergency response plans and records for training, examination, maintenance, and repair of refuge alternatives and components. This ICR is being submitted as a revision, because the MSHA has transferred burden to other approved collections; this ICR makes the corresponding changes to this collection. Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 sections 101(a)(6) and 103(c) and (h) authorize this information collection. See 30 U.S.C. 811(a)(6); 813(c), (h).

This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection under Control Number 1219-0146.

OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2015. The DOL seeks to extend PRA authorization for this information collection for three (3) more years, without any change to existing requirements. The DOL notes that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on May 28, 2015 (80 FR 30494).

Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section by November 30, 2015. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1219-0146. The OMB is particularly interested in comments that:

Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Agency: DOL-MSHA.

Title of Collection: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines.

OMB Control Number: 1219-0146.

Affected Public: Private Sector--businesses or other for-profits.

Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 16.

Total Estimated Number of Responses: 49.

Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 219 hours.

Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $50.

Dated: September 23, 2015.

Michel Smyth,

Departmental Clearance Officer.

FR Doc. 2015-24617 Filed 9-28-15; 8:45 am