[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 162 (Wednesday, August 21, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51748-51749]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-20365]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Hazardous Conditions Complaints

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Request for public comments.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance 
consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections 
of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A). This program helps to assure that requested 
data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and 
financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly 
understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents 
can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health 
Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed 
information collection for updating Hazardous Conditions Complaints 30 
CFR 43.4 and 43.7.

DATES: All comments must be postmarked or received by midnight Eastern 
Standard Time on October 21, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Comments concerning the information collection requirements 
of this notice may be sent by any of the methods listed below.
     Federal E-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments for docket 
number [MSHA-2013-0024].
     Regular Mail or Hand Delivery: MSHA, Office of Standards, 
Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, 
Arlington, VA 22209-3939. Sign in at the receptionist's desk on the 
21st floor.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sheila McConnell, Deputy Director, 
Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, MSHA, at 
McConnell.Sheila.A@dol.gov (email); 202-693-9440 (voice); or 202-693-
9441 (facsimile).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Under Section 103(g) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 
1977, as amended (Mine Act), a representative of miners, or any 
individual miner where there is no representative of miners, may submit 
a written or oral notification of an alleged violation of the Mine Act 
or a mandatory standard that an imminent danger exists. The notifier 
has the right to obtain an immediate inspection by the Mine Safety and 
Health Administration (MSHA). A copy of the notice must be provided to 
the operator, with individual miner names redacted.
    MSHA regulations at 30 CFR Part 43 implement Section 103(g) of the 
Mine Act. These regulations provide the procedures for submitting 
notification of the alleged violation or imminent danger and the 
actions that MSHA must take after receiving the notice. Although the 
regulations contain a review procedure (required by Section 103(g)(2) 
of the Mine Act) whereby a miner or a representative of miners may in 
writing request a review if no citation or order is issued as a result 
of the original notice, the option is so rarely used that it was not 
considered in the burden estimates.

II. Desired Focus of Comments

    MSHA is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of 
the information collection related to Hazardous Conditions Complaints 
in 30 CFR 43.4 and 43.7. MSHA is particularly interested in comments 
that:
     Evaluate whether the collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information has practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the MSHA's estimate of the burden 
of the collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
     Suggest methods to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and
     Minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting 
electronic submission of responses.
    This proposed information collection request is available on MSHA's 
Web site at http://www.msha.gov under ``Federal Register Documents'' on 
the right side of the screen by selecting ``New and Existing 
Information Collections and Supporting Statements''. This proposed 
information collection request will be available on MSHA's Web site for 
60 days after the publication date of this notice, and on http://www.regulations.gov. Because comments will not be edited to remove any 
identifying or contact information, MSHA cautions the commenter against 
including any information in the submission that should not be publicly 
disclosed.
    The public may also examine the proposed information collection at 
MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson 
Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, VA 22209-3939 by signing in at the 
receptionist's desk on the 21st floor.

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    Questions about the information collection requirements may be 
directed to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 
section of this notice.

III. Current Actions

    This request for collection of information contains notification 
and recordkeeping provisions for the Proposed Information Collection 
Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Hazardous 
Conditions Complaints 30 CFR 43.4 and 43.7. MSHA has updated the data 
in respect to the number of respondents and responses, as well as the 
total burden hours and burden costs supporting this information 
collection request.
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration.
    Title: Hazardous Conditions Complaints 30 CFR 43.4 and 43.7.
    OMB Number: 1219-0014.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Individuals or 
Households.
    Total Number of Respondents: 2,431.
    Frequency: Various.
    Total Number of Responses: 2,431.
    Total Burden Hours: 486 hours.
    Total Annual Respondent or Recordkeeper Cost Burden: $0.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget 
approval of the information collection request; they will also become a 
matter of public record.

    Dated: August 16th, 2013.
George F. Triebsch,
Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-20365 Filed 8-20-13; 8:45 am]
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