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Mine Safety and Health Administration

Volume 61, Number 60, Page 13519

Department of Labor
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 second 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A public meeting of the advisory committee will be held as follows:
(1) April 11, 1996, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
(2) April 12, 1996, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held on both days at the DoubleTree Hotel--Pittsburgh (Somerset Room) located at 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222; phone 412- 281-3700.

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 second meeting will include discussions on the control of the workplace environment (worker exposure). Specific topics for discussion will include: (1) The current state of dust control technology for underground and surface coal mines and its effectiveness; (2) new developments in control technology and mining systems; (3) the hierarchy of controls and its application in underground and surface coal mines; (4) the design of mine ventilation plans for effective dust control and the means for verifying plan effectiveness; (5) the monitoring of compliance with plan requirements; (6) means of upgrading ventilation plan provisions; (7) the role of the miner, operator, and MSHA; and (8) education and training needs relative to the control of the workplace environment.

The public is invited to attend. The chairperson will provide an hour near the end of each day's meeting to allow interested persons to make comments. Official records of the meeting will be available for public inspection at the above address.

Dated: March 22, 1996.
J. Davitt McAteer,
Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health

[FR Doc. 96-7384 Filed 3-22-96; 12:17 pm]