30 CFR § 57.22005 Notice and appeal of placement or change in placement.
(a) The Administrator's determination of category or subcategory
placement or change in placement shall become final upon the 30th day after
it is served on the mine operator and representative of miners, unless a
request for a hearing has been filed. Service of the Administrator's
determination is complete upon mailing by registered or certified mail,
return receipt requested.
(b) The mine operator or representative of miners may obtain review
of the Administrator's determination by filing a request for a hearing with
the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, Mine Safety and
Health Administration, 1100 Wilson Boulevard Room 2322, Arlington, Virginia 22209-3939
within 30 days of the Administrator's determination. Service of a request
for hearing is completed upon mailing by registered or certified mail,
return receipt requested. Requests for a hearing shall be in writing and
contain the following information:
(1) Name, address, and mine identification number;
(2) A concise statement of the reason why the
Administrator's determination is inappropriate; and
(3) A copy of the Administrator's determination.
(c) The mine operator shall post a copy of the Administrator's
determination and the request for a hearing on the mine bulletin board, and
shall maintain the posting until the placement becomes final.
(d) Promptly after receipt of the request for a hearing, the
Assistant Secretary shall refer to the Chief Administrative Law Judge, United
States Department of Labor, the following:
(1) The request for a hearing;
(2) The Administrator's determination; and
(3) All information upon which the Administrator's
determination was based.
(e) The hearing shall be regulated and conducted by an Administrative
Law Judge in accordance with 29 CFR part 18, entitled, "Rules of Practice and
Procedure for Administrative Hearings Before the Office of Administrative Law
Judges." Once the Administrative Law Judge has made an initial decision and
served each party, the decision shall be final on the 30th day after service,
unless discretionary review is undertaken by the Assistant Secretary or an
appeal is filed by the mine operator or representative of the miners under
paragraph (f) of this section.
(f) Within 30 days after service of an initial decision of an
Administrative Law Judge, the Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health
may undertake a discretionary review of the initial decision, or the mine
operator, or representative of the miners may appeal the initial decision of
the Administrative Law Judge to the Assistant Secretary.
(1) The Assistant Secretary shall give notice of
discretionary review to the mine operator and representative of the miners.
The mine operator or representative of the miners shall give notice of an
appeal to the other party. The notice shall specify the suggested changes and
refer to the specific findings of fact, conclusions of law, and terms of the
initial decision to be reviewed or appealed. The Assistant Secretary shall
fix a time for filing any objections to the suggested changes and supporting
(2) The Assistant Secretary shall promptly notify the
Administrative Law Judge of a discretionary review or an appeal. The entire
record of the proceedings shall be transmitted to the Assistant Secretary for
(3) The Assistant Secretary shall make the final decision
based upon consideration of the record of the proceedings. The final decision
may affirm, modify, or set aside in whole or in part, the findings and
conclusions contained in the initial decision. A statement of reasons for
the action taken shall be included in the final decision. The final decision
shall be served upon the mine operator and representative of the miners.
(g) Unless a decision by the Administrator for Metal and Nonmetal
Mine Safety and Health, or the initial decision of the Administrative Law
Judge, is appealed within 30 days, it becomes final, and is not subject to
judicial review for the purposes of 5 U.S.C. 704. Only a decision by the
Assistant Secretary shall be considered final Agency action for purposes of
judicial review. Any such appeal must be filed in the appropriate circuit of
the United States Court of Appeal.
(h) While a final decision of category placement is pending the
following procedures shall apply:
(1) Where a mine has been classified as gassy prior to the
effective date of these standards, existing gassy mines standards 30 CFR
57.21001 through 57.21101 (1986 Edition) shall continue to be applicable
until placement is final.
(2) Where a mine has not been classified as gassy prior to
the effective date of these standards and it is placed in Categories I
through V, the mine shall comply with Category VI standards
57.22236, and 57.22238) until
placement is final.
(3) Where a mine has been classified in Categories I
through V after the effective date of these standards and category
reassignment is being considered, the mine shall comply with the standards
applicable to the category to which presently assigned until category
placement is final.
[52 FR 24941, July 1, 1987; 52 FR 27903, July 24, 1987]