Escapeways and Refuges in Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines

Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 102 (Wednesday, May 27, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 102 (Wednesday, May 27, 2020)]
[Page 31812]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2020-11300]
Mine Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. MSHA-2018-0015]
Escapeways and Refuges in Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines
AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.
ACTION: Notice of cancellation; Program Policy Letter.
SUMMARY: The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) cancels a
Program Policy Letter (PPL) that was issued on July 29, 2019 to provide
guidance on escapeways and refuges used by underground metal and
nonmetal miners in emergency situations.
DATES: Cancellation as of May 27, 2020.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roslyn B. Fontaine, Acting Director,
Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, MSHA, at
[email protected] (email), 202-693-9440 (voice), or 202-693-9441
(fax). These are not toll-free numbers.
Cancellation of Program Policy Letter
 On July 29, 2019, MSHA published in the Federal Register a PPL to
clarify requirements in 30 CFR 57.11050, Escapeways and Refuges,
together with a request for public comment (84 FR 36623). The PPL was
intended to assist MNM mine operators with guidance on the placement of
escapeways and refuges that underground miners need to use in emergency
situations. On October 10, 2019, MSHA also held a public stakeholder
meeting to ensure that the public would have additional opportunities
to provide feedback. After reviewing all the comments received during
both the public comment period and the stakeholder meeting, MSHA has
now determined that the clarification in this PPL is not needed.
Therefore, MSHA cancels the PPL.
(Authority: 30 U.S.C. 811)
David G. Zatezalo,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Administration.
[FR Doc. 2020-11300 Filed 5-26-20; 8:45 am]