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[April 24, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 78)]
[Unified Agenda]
[Page 22924]

Department of Labor (DOL)
Final Rule Stage
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)



Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 30 USC 811

CFR Citation: 30 CFR 18; 30 CFR 48; 30 CFR 50; 30 CFR 75

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, December 9, 2006.

Abstract: The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued an emergency temporary standard under section 101(b) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 in response to the grave danger which miners are exposed to during underground coal mine accidents and subsequent evacuations. The recent January 2006 mine accidents and fatalities demonstrate the need for MSHA to take additional action that will improve mine operators' ability to respond to mine emergencies. This emergency temporary standard includes requirements for immediate accident notification; self-contained self-rescuer storage, training, and use; and the installation, use and maintenance of lifelines in underground mine escapeways.


Action                            Date                      FR Cite


Emergency Temporary Standard    03/09/06                    71 FR 12252
Emergency Temporary Standard 
Effective                       04/10/06
Public Hearing                  04/00/06
Change of Public Hearing Dates  03/27/06                    71 FR 15028
Final Action                    12/00/06

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Patricia W. Silvey, Acting Director, Office of
Standards, Regulations, and Variances, Department of Labor, Mine Safety
and Health Administration, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2349, Arlington,
VA 22209-3939
Phone: 202 693-9440
Fax: 202 693-9441

RIN: 1219-AB46