(a)(1) Each mine operator shall develop and follow a roof control
plan, approved by the District Manager, that is suitable to the prevailing
geological conditions, and the mining system to be used at the mine.
Additional measures shall be taken to protect persons if unusual hazards are
(2) The proposed roof control plan and any revisions to
the plan shall be submitted, in writing, to the District Manager. When
revisions to a roof control plan are proposed, only the revised pages need to
be submitted unless otherwise specified by the District Manager.
(b)(1) The mine operator will be notified in writing of the approval
or denial of approval of a proposed roof control plan or proposed
(2) When approval of a proposed plan or revision is
denied, the deficiencies of the plan or revision and recommended changes will
be specified and the mine operator will be afforded an opportunity to discuss
the deficiencies and changes with the District Manager.
(3) Before new support materials, devices or systems other
than roof bolts and accessories, are used as the only means of roof support,
the District Manager may require that their effectiveness be demonstrated by
(c) No proposed roof control plan or revision to a roof control plan
shall be implemented before it is approved.
(d) Before implementing an approved revision to a roof control plan,
all persons who are affected by the revision shall be instructed in its
(e) The approved roof control plan and any revisions shall be
available to the miners and representative of miners at the mine.
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