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[December 22, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 245)]
[Unified Agenda]
[Page 73216]

Department of Labor (DOL)
(Completed Actions)

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)



Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 30 USC 811

CFR Citation: 30 CFR 75.1501; 30 CFR 75.1502

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), section 101(b) in response to the grave danger that underground coal miners are exposed to during mine fires, explosions, and gas or water inundation emergencies. The deaths of 14 miners at two underground coal mines demonstrated the need for MSHA to address proper training and mine emergency evacuation procedures. Under the Mine Act, the ETS, which became effective on December 12, 2002, acts as a proposed rule. MSHA conducted public hearings and accepted written comments on the proposed rule. The Mine Act requires that the Secretary promulgate a final rule no later than 9 months after publication of the ETS as provided for under section 101(b) of the Mine Act.


Action                            Date                      FR Cite


Emergency Temporary Standard    12/12/02                    67 FR 76658
Comment Period End              01/13/03
Post Hearing Comment End        02/28/03
Final Rule                      09/09/03                    68 FR 53037
Final Rule Effective            09/09/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Marvin W. Nichols Jr., Director, Office of Standards, Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 202 693--9440
Fax: 202 693--9441

RIN: 1219-AB33


Phone: (202) 693-9400

Fax-on-demand: (202) 693-9401