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[61 FR 14108, June 5, 1996]


Mine Safety and Health Administration
Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Pneumoconiosis
Among Coal Mine Workers; Meeting

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice of advisory committee meeting.

SUMMARY: This notice announces the date, time, place, and agenda summary for the fourth meeting of the Mine Safety and Health Administration's Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Pneumoconiosis Among Coal Mine Workers.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia W. Silvey, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, Mine Safety and Health Administration, 4015 Wilson Boulevard, room 631, Arlington, Virginia 22203; phone 703- 235-1910.


A public meeting of the advisory committee will be held as follows:

The Secretary of Labor established this advisory committee (60 FR 5947) to develop recommendations for improved standards or other appropriate actions addressing: permissible exposure limits to eliminate black lung disease and silicosis; the means to control respirable coal mine dust levels; improved monitoring of respirable coal dust levels and the role of the miner in that monitoring; and the adequacy of operator sampling programs to determine the actual levels of dust concentrations to which miners are exposed. The advisory committee is chartered through September 30, 1996 (60 FR 55284), but must complete its deliberations by August 19, 1996.

The agenda for the fourth meeting will include discussions on:

    1) Ventilation plans.
    2) Permissible exposure limits.
    3) The application of the Respirable Dust Program to surface mines and surface miners.
    4) Medical surveillance, including the use of medical records.
    5) Role of miners.

A presentation will be made regarding the University of Utah's study on air-stream helmets.

The public is invited to attend. The chairperson will provide one hour during the afternoon of the meeting on June 20, 1996, to allow interested persons to make comments. Official records of the meeting will be available for public inspection at the above MSHA address.

Dated: May 31, 1996
J. Davitt McAteer
Assistant Secretary for
Mine Safety and Health