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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB59 Publication ID: Spring 2009
Title: Flame Resistant Conveyor Belts, Fire Protection and Detection, and Use of Air From the Belt Entry
Abstract: The proposal would implement the recommendations of the Technical Study Panel (Panel) for the Utilization of Belt Air and the Composition and Fire Retardant Properties of Belt Material in Underground Coal Mining. Consistent with the MINER Act, the proposal includes MSHA's response to the Panel's report. Based on the Panel's recommendations, MSHA is proposing new and revised safety standards for underground coal mines concerning 15 of the 20 recommendations. The remaining recommendations would not require rulemaking. MSHA proposes new standards for: conveyor belt flammability; qualifying Atmospheric Monitoring System operators; levels of methane and respirable dust in belt entries; airlocks between air courses; minimum and maximum air velocities; approval for the use of air from the belt entry to ventilate working sections; monitoring and remotely closing point-feed regulators; smoke sensors; standardized tactile signals on lifelines; replacing point-type heat sensors with carbon monoxide sensors; and belt conveyor and belt entry maintenance.
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL) Priority: Other Significant
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions
Major: No Unfunded Mandates: No
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 6; 30 CFR 14; 30 CFR 48; 30 CFR 75 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Section 101 of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act (PL 95-164)
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final Statutory section 112(a)--Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 12/31/2008
NPRM Statutory section 112(a)--Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 06/20/2008
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 06/19/2008 73 FR 35026
NPRM Comment Period End 09/08/2008
Final Action 12/31/2008 73 FR 80580
Final Action Effective 12/31/2008
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No 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 Boulevard, Room 2350,
Arlington, VA 22209-3939
Phone:202 693-9440
Fax:202 693-9441