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MSHA News Release No. 2001-0713
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Katherine Snyder
Phone: (703) 235-1452

Released Friday, July 13, 2001

MSHA Conducting One-Day Compliance Assistance Workshops on New Diesel Rule
Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, Nevada are Among Seminar Sites

ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will conduct a series of outreach seminars around the nation during July and August to assist metal and nonmetal underground mine operators in complying with newly issued regulations addressing the use of diesel powered equipment.

The new rule establishes standards aimed at limiting diesel particulate matter (DPM) levels in underground metal and nonmetal mines. Among other actions, the rule requires operators of these underground mines to train miners about the hazards of being exposed to diesel particulate matter. Some provisions of the new rule went into effect on July 5, 2001. Metal and nonmetal mine operators, including contractors, who use diesel equipment underground, as well as miners who work at those operations, are encouraged to attend the workshops. All sessions begin at 9 a.m.

The one-day seminars will be held as follows:

July 23rd Knoxville, Tenn. Days Inn Convention Center
5335 Central Ave. Pike
Phone: 865-687-5800
July 24th Kansas City, Mo. Adam's Mark Kansas City
9103 East 39th
Phone: 816-737-0200
July 25th Lexington, Ky. Sheraton Suites
2601 Richmond Road
Phone: 859-268-0060
July 26th Des Moines, Ia. Four Points by Sheraton
Des Moines North
4800 Merle Hay Road
Phone: 515-278-4755
July 27th Ebensburg, Pa. Department of Environmental Protection
Cambria Office
286 Industrial Park Road
Phone: 814-472-1900
August 21st Albuquerque, N. Mex. Hilton Hotel
1901 University Blvd., NE
Phone: 505-884-2500
August 21st Coeur d'Alene, Id. Coeur d'Alene Inn
West 414 Appleway
Phone: 800-251-7829
August 23rd Elko, Nev. Red Lion Inn
2065 Idaho St.
Phone: 775-738-2111
August 23rd Green River, Wyo. Western Wyoming Community College
Green River Center
John Wesley Powell Room
1 College Way
Phone: 307-875-2278

For further information concerning the new rules addressing diesel equipment, visit MSHA's web site at