[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 106 (Tuesday, June 3, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 31895]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-12749]


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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 research reports and other relevant 
information.

DATES: Comments must be received by midnight Eastern Daylight Saving 
Time on October 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: Sheila A. 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: 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 from the public, 
MSHA extended the comment period to December 6, 2013 (78 FR 58264) and 
again to June 2, 2014 (78 FR 73471) 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.
    MSHA received a request for an additional 120-day extension of the 
comment period to allow the public to consider NIOSH research reports 
on refuge alternatives. In response, MSHA is extending the comment 
period to October 2, 2014.
    MSHA also reminds the mining community that after April 9, 2015, in 
accordance with 42 CFR 84.301, previously NIOSH-approved self-contained 
self-rescue devices (SCSRs) will no longer be manufactured and sold as 
NIOSH approved. MSHA encourages the mining community to submit 
information on how NIOSH's revised requirements for approval of closed-
circuit escape respirators (CCER) under 42 CFR Part 84 would affect 
their responses to the In-Place Shelter and Escape Methodology sections 
in the RFI on refuge alternatives. This extension provides the mining 
community additional time to submit comments on CCERs.

    Dated: May 28, 2014.
Joseph A. Main,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2014-12749 Filed 6-2-14; 8:45 am]
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