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MSHA News Release: [09/06/2007]
Contact: Dirk Fillpot          Amy Louviere
Phone:    (202) 693-9406   (202) 693-9423
Release Number 07-1371-NAT

MSHA proposes new standards for underground coal mine rescue teams
Proposed rule continues MINER Act implementation

ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today published in the Federal Register a proposed rule enhancing the availability and effectiveness of mine rescue teams for underground coal mines. MSHA also announced four public hearings to be held on this proposed rule, as well as another proposed rule MSHA published today regarding mine rescue team equipment.

MSHA's proposed rules on mine rescue teams: MSHA also published a proposed rule on mine rescue team equipment that applies to underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, requiring two additional hours of breathable air from their self-contained breathing apparatuses and gas detectors to measure potentially dangerous gasses they could encounter during rescue operations.

Public hearings on both proposed rules will be held beginning at 9 a.m. local time on October 23 in Salt Lake City; October 25 in Lexington, Ky.; October 30 in Charleston, W.Va.; and November 1 in Birmingham, Ala.

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