[Federal Register: October 19, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 201)]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Petitions for Modification
The following parties have filed petitions to modify the
application of existing safety standards under section 101(c) of the
Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.
1. Clintwood Elkhorn Mining Company
[Docket No. M-2004-042-C]
Synergy Engineering Services, PLLC, 34 First Street, Foxbottom,
Harold, Kentucky 41635, Permit#1201764, has filed a petition
for modification for the Clintwood Elkhorn Mining Company, P.O. Box
196, Hurley, Virginia 24620, to modify the application of 30 CFR
77.214(a) (Refuse piles; general) for the Devils Branch Blair
#1 Mine (MSHA I.D. No. 44-07014), and the Devils Branch Blair
#2 Mine (MSHA I.D. No. 44-07032) located in Buchanan County,
Virginia. The petitioner proposes to backfill two existing underground
mine face-ups, Blair#1 and Blair#2, with coarse scalp
rock material generated from an adjacent underground mine. The Blair
#1 Mine is still active, and will be backfilled once mining is
complete; the Blair#2 Mine has been mined out and abandoned. A
total of four entries exist in both the Blair#1 and Blair
#2 Mine, and all entries are located in the Blair coal seam at
approximately 1395 feet elevation. The petitioner has listed specific
procedures in this petition that would be followed to seal the mine
openings. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method
would not diminish the level of protection provided to the miners.
Request for Comments
Persons interested in these petitions are encouraged to submit
comments via Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov; E-mail: zzMSHA-Comments@dol.gov; Fax: (202) 693-9441; or Regular Mail/Hand
Delivery/Courier: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Office of
Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room
2350, Arlington, Virginia 22209. All comments must be postmarked or
received in that office on or before November 18, 2004. Copies of these
petitions are available for inspection at that address.
Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this 13th day of October, 2004.
Marvin W. Nichols, Jr.,
Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances.
[FR Doc. 04-23352 Filed 10-18-04; 8:45 am]
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