Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards

 
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Federal Register, Volume 81 Issue 81 (Wednesday, April 27, 2016)

Federal Register Volume 81, Number 81 (Wednesday, April 27, 2016)

Notices

Pages 24891-24892

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov

FR Doc No: 2016-09798

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration

Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below.

DATES: All comments on the petitions must be received by the MSHA's Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances on or before May 27, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by ``docket number'' on the subject line, by any of the following methods:

  1. Electronic Mail: zzMSHA-comments@dol.gov. Include the docket number of the petition in the subject line of the message.

  2. Facsimile: 202-693-9441.

  3. Regular Mail or Hand Delivery: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, Virginia 22202-5452, Attention: Sheila McConnell, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. Persons delivering documents are required to check in at the receptionist's desk in Suite 4E401. Individuals may inspect copies of the petitions and comments during normal business hours at the address listed above.

    MSHA will consider only comments postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service or proof of delivery from another delivery service such as UPS or Federal Express on or before the deadline for comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Barron, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances at 202-693-9447 (Voice), barron.barbara@dol.gov (Email), or 202-693-9441 (Facsimile). These are not toll-free numbers.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    1. Background

    Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) allows the mine operator or representative of miners to file a petition to modify the application of any mandatory safety standard to a coal or

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    other mine if the Secretary of Labor determines that:

  4. An alternative method of achieving the result of such standard exists which will at all times guarantee no less than the same measure of protection afforded the miners of such mine by such standard; or

  5. That the application of such standard to such mine will result in a diminution of safety to the miners in such mine.

    In addition, the regulations at 30 CFR 44.10 and 44.11 establish the requirements and procedures for filing petitions for modification.

    1. Petitions for Modification

    Docket Number: M-2016-010-C.

    Petitioner: Buckingham Coal Company, P.O. Box 400, Corning, Ohio 43730-0400.

    Mine: Buckingham Mine #6, MSHA I.D. No. 33-04526, located in Perry County, Ohio.

    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.1101-1(b) (Deluge-type water spray systems).

    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to allow the mine not to provide blow-off dust covers on deluge-type system nozzles under existing 30 CFR 75.1101-1(b). The functional tests required of the deluge system each year will instead be done weekly. The petitioner states that the #6 Mine maintains more than adequate pressure and flow rates for the deluge system, and in some tests, the dust covers do not come off all sprays. The petitioner further states that:

    (1) By doing the functional test weekly, all sprays can be inspected and maintained on a weekly basis.

    (2) The dust covers provide protection for sprays which are tested yearly and by testing weekly the covers are not necessary.

    The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method will at all times guarantee no less than the same measure or protection afforded by the existing standard.

    Sheila McConnell,

    Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances.

    FR Doc. 2016-09798 Filed 4-26-16; 8:45 am

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