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DOL/MSHA News Release No. 02-181
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Rodney Brown
Phone: (703) 235-1452

Released Thursday, March 28, 2002

MSHA Gathering Information About Asbestos Issues
Public meetings set for Virginia, New York, California and Pennsylvania

ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will collect information to assist in its deliberations about revised rules, which would protect workers who may be exposed to asbestos in mines. The agency also announced public meetings to obtain input from the public. An advance notice of proposed rulemaking will appear in the Federal Register on Mar. 29, 2002. "Existing rules governing asbestos exposure in mines need review in light of current knowledge," said Dave Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "We want to get meaningful input on the best ways to provide protection for miners." Current MSHA standards on asbestos exposure were established in the late1970's. MSHA will conduct six public meetings to obtain input on possible revisions to the asbestos standard. Each meeting will begin at 9 a.m. They are as follows:

The schedules for these meetings has been revised. Please see Fed Reg Doc. 02-9482

Tuesday, April 30 Charlottesville, Va., at the Holiday Inn, 1901 Emmet St.
Thursday, May 2 Pittsburgh, Penn., at the Ramada Inn-164 Fort Couch Rd.
Tuesday, May 14 Spokane, Wash., at the Days Inn-4212 W. Sunset Blvd.
Thursday, May 16 Vacaville, Calif., at the Hampton Inn & Suites-800 Mason St.
Wednesday, May 29 Canton, N.Y., at the Best Western-90 E. Main St.
Wednesday, June 12 Virginia, Minn., at the Days Inn-701 Hattrick Ave.

Attendees need not register to attend any of the meetings. Those who wish to speak will be asked to sign-in and will be allowed to present comments or any other information. Written comments on the proposal may be transmitted by e-mail to Other written comments must be clearly identified and mailed to MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, Room 631, 4015 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22203. After May 17, mailed comments should be addressed to the same MSHA office at 1100 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22209-3939. Comments may be faxed to 703-235-5551. Comments will be accepted until Jun. 27, 2002.