[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 235 (Friday, December 6, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 73471-73472]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-29306]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration

30 CFR Parts 7 and 75

RIN 1219-AB79


Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Request for information; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: In response to requests from interested parties, the Mine 
Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period 
on the Agency's Request for Information (RFI) on Refuge Alternatives 
for Underground Coal Mines. This extension gives interested parties 
additional time to review new information on refuge alternatives.

DATES: The comment period for the RFI published August 8, 2013 (78 FR 
48593), extended September 23, 2013 (78 FR 58264), is further extended. 
Comments must be received by midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time on 
June 2, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments and supporting documentation by any of the 
following methods:
     Federal E-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments for Docket 
Number MSHA-2013-0033.
     Electronic mail: zzMSHA-comments@dol.gov. Include ``RIN 
1219-AB79'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Send comments to MSHA, Office of Standards, 
Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, 
Arlington, Virginia 22209-3939.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: MSHA, Office of Standards, 
Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, 
Arlington, Virginia, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays. Sign in at the receptionist's desk on 
the 21st floor.
    Instructions: Clearly identify all submissions with ``RIN 1219-
AB79''. Because comments will not be edited to remove any identifying 
or contact information, MSHA cautions the commenter against including 
information in the submission that should not be publicly disclosed.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: George F. Triebsch, Director, Office 
of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, MSHA, at 
triebsch.george@dol.gov (email); 202-693-9440 (voice); or 202-693-9441 
(facsimile). These are not toll-free numbers.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 8, 2013 (78 FR 48593), MSHA 
published a Request for Information on Refuge Alternatives for 
Underground Coal Mines. The RFI comment period was originally scheduled 
to close on October 7, 2013. In response to requests, MSHA extended the 
comment period to December 6, 2013 (78 FR 58264) to allow interested 
parties time to review National Institute for Occupational Safety and 
Health (NIOSH) studies that bear on certain issues raised in the RFI.

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MSHA has received a subsequent request to further extend the comment 
period to allow time for NIOSH to finalize the studies and to provide a 
period for review. In response to this request, MSHA is extending the 
comment period to June 2, 2014.

    Dated: December 4, 2013.
Joseph A. Main,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2013-29306 Filed 12-4-13; 4:15 pm]
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