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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB58 Publication ID: Spring 2008
Title: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines
Abstract: MSHA is investigating refuge alternatives for use in underground coal mines. Refuge alternatives, such as rescue chambers, and other structures or systems, could be used to increase the survival of miners trapped underground. Section 13 of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 requires the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to study refuge alternatives. Section 112(b) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 requires MSHA to propose regulations by June 15, 2008, consistent with the recommendations of NIOSH, requiring rescue chambers in underground coal mines,or facilities that provide at least the same measure of protection, and to finalize the regulations by December 31, 2008.
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL) Priority: Other Significant
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage
Major: Undetermined Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 7; 30 CFR 50 ; 30 CFR 75 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 30 USC 811
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final Statutory Section 112(a) Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 12/31/2008
NPRM Statutory Section 112(a) Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 06/15/2008
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 06/00/2008
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:
Patricia W. Silvey
Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
1100 Wilson Blvd., Room 2350,
Arlington, VA 22209-3939
Phone:202 693-9640
Fax:202 693-9441