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D.O.L. News Release [USDL 01-207]
U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C.
For Immediate Release: July 5, 2001
Contact: Seth Becker
Phone: (202) 693-4650

Released Thursday, July 05, 2001

DOL Reaches Partial Settlement in Litigation Over Diesel Particulate Rules
Important Provisions To Go Into Effect July 5, 2001

WASHINGTON -- Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced today that the Department of Labor has reached a partial settlement of the legal challenges to the final rule on diesel particulate matter (DPM) levels in underground metal and nonmetal mines.

"I am pleased that all the parties involved -- government, labor and industry -- were able to come together and reach agreement through difficult negotiations," Chao said "Now we have new standards to enforce, ensuring that miners will be working in a safer environment."

The final rule establishes new health standards for underground metal and nonmetal mines that use equipment powered by diesel engines. Among numerous protections, the rule requires operators of these underground mines to train miners about the hazards of being exposed to diesel particulate matter.

The parties in the litigation reached agreement on the following points:

An announcement of the effective date of the rules and the new proposals will be published in the Federal Register on July 5, 2001.


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