DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Pneumoconiosis Among
Coal Mine Workers; Meeting
AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.
ACTION: Notice of advisory committee meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice announces the date, time, place, and agenda summary for the fifth and final meeting of the Mine Safety and Health Administration's Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Pneumoconiosis Among Coal Mine Workers.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia W. Silvey, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, Mine Safety and Health Administration, 4015 Wilson Boulevard, room 631, Arlington, Virginia 22203; phone 703-235-1910.
A public meeting of the advisory committee will be held as follows:
- a. July 22, 1996, beginning at 1:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m.
b. July 23-24, 1996, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m. each day.
c. July 25, 1996, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m.
The meeting will be held the Hyatt Regency-Lexington, At Lexington Center, 400 West Vine Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40507; phone: 606- 235-1234.
The Secretary of Labor established this advisory committee (60 FR 5947) to develop recommendations for improved standards or other appropriate actions addressing: permissible exposure limits to eliminate black lung disease and silicosis; the means to control respirable coal mine dust levels; improved monitoring of respirable coal dust levels and the role of the miner in that monitoring; and the adequacy of operator sampling programs to determine the actual levels of dust concentrations to which miners are exposed. The advisory committee is chartered through September 30, 1996 (60 FR 55284).
The agenda for the fifth meeting will include discussions on:
- (1) Draft recommendations on permissible exposure limits for
respirable coal mine dust and respirable silica developed by the
committee during the fourth meeting;
(2) Implementation of dust controls at surface coal mines;
(3) Sampling to assure representative samples;
(4) Application of personal and area sampling strategies;
(5) Compliance sampling by MSHA and by the operator;
(6) The miner's role in respirable dust sampling;
(7) Dust sampling for surface mines;
(8) Utilization of medical data obtained as part of the medical surveillance program; and
(9) Research needs.
The committee will also take final votes on all previously drafted recommendations.
The public is invited to attend. The chairperson will provide one hour on July 23 and 24, 1996 for interested persons to make comments. Official records of the meeting will be available for public inspection at the above MSHA address.Dated: June 28, 1996.
J. Davitt McAteer,
Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health.