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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB37 Publication ID: Spring 2009
Title: Revising Electrical Product Approval Regulations
Abstract: 30 CFR part 18 (Electric Motor-Driven Mine Equipment and Accessories) describes the approval requirements for electrically operated machines and accessories intended for use in underground gassy mines, and for related matters, such as approval procedures, certification of components, and acceptance of flame-resistant hoses and conveyor belts. Aside from minor modifications, part 18 has been largely unchanged since it was promulgated in 1968. MSHA is proposing revisions to improve the efficiency of the approval process, recognize new technology, add quality assurance provisions, address existing policies through the rulemaking process, and reorganize portions of the approval regulations. MSHA will be addressing the requirements in this NPRM in phases. The first phase will be Flame-Resistance Testing of Mining Materials. This action will be published first because the MINER Act requires all life lines to be flame-resistant by June 14, 2009. The flame-resistance requirements are contained in 30 CFR part 18. Phase 1 was completed with the final rule published on December 31, 2008 (73 FR 8058). The second phase will be Intrinsic Safety Requirements. This action will be published second because the MINER Act requires underground coal mine operators to submit an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) that sets forth a means of providing post-accident communication and electronic tracking by June 15, 2009.
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL) Priority: Other Significant
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage
Major: No Unfunded Mandates: No
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 7; 30 CFR 17 to 18; 30 CFR 22 to 23; 30 CFR 27 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 30 USC 957
Legal Deadline: None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM (Phase 1) 06/19/2008 73 FR 35026
NPRM Comment Period End 09/08/2008
Final Action--Phase 1 12/31/2008 73 FR 80580
NPRM--Phase 2 Intrinsic Safety Requirements 03/00/2010
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No Government Levels Affected: None
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
Room 631, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350,
Arlington, VA 22209-3939
Phone:202 693-9440
Fax:202 693-9441