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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB73 Publication ID: 2012 
Title: Pattern of Violations 
Abstract: MSHA is preparing a final rule to revise the Agency's existing regulation for pattern of violations contained in 30 CFR part 104. MSHA has determined that the existing pattern criteria and procedures do not reflect the statutory intent for section 104(e) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) that operators manage health and safety conditions at mines so that the root causes of significant and substantial (S&S) violations are addressed before they become a hazard to the health and safety of miners. The legislative history of the Mine Act explains that Congress intended the pattern of violations tool to be used for operators who have demonstrated a disregard for the health and safety of miners. The final rule would reflect statutory intent, simplify the pattern of violations criteria, and improve consistency in applying the patterns of violations criteria. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 104 
Legal Authority: 30 USC 814(e); 30 USC 957 
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/02/2011  76 FR 5719 
NPRM Comment Period End  04/04/2011   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  04/04/2011  76 FR 18467 
NPRM Comment Period End  04/18/2011   
Notice of Public Hearing and Extension of Comment Period  05/04/2011  76 FR 25277 
Notice of Public Hearing and Extension of Comment Period  06/20/2011  76 FR 35801 
NPRM Comment Period End  06/30/2011   
Comment Period End  08/01/2011   
Final Rule  01/00/2013   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
George F. Triebsch
Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350,
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone:202 693-9449
Fax:202 693-9441