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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration

Fee Adjustments for Testing, Evaluation, and Approval of Mining Products

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice of fee adjustments.

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SUMMARY: This notice revises the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) user fees for testing, evaluation, and approval of certain products manufactured for use in underground mines. These fees are based on fiscal year 1996 data and reflect changes in approval processing operations, as well as costs incurred to process approval actions.

DATES: These fee schedules are effective from January 1, 1997, through December 31, 1997. Approval applications postmarked before January 1, 1997, will be charged under the fee schedules as published on January 22, 1996.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Faini, Acting Chief, Approval and Certification Center, R.R. 1, Box 251, Triadelphia, West Virginia 26059.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In general, MSHA has computed the revised fees based on the cost to the government to provide testing, evaluation, and approval of products manufactured for use in underground mines. On May 8, 1987 (52 FR 17506), MSHA published a final rule, 30 CFR part 5-Fees for Testing, Evaluation, and Approval of Mining Products, which established the specific procedures for fee calculation, administration, and revisions. This revised fee schedule is established in accordance with the procedures of that rule.

The final rule for 30 CFR part 7, Subpart E--Diesel Engines Intended for Use in Underground Coal Mines and Subpart F--Diesel Power Packages Intended for Use in Areas of Underground Coal Mines Where Permissible Electric Equipment is Required, was issued on October 25, 1996. This final rule also revised 30 CFR part 36 to apply to diesel equipment for coal mines, and removed 30 CFR parts 31 and 32. Fees for applications under this rule are listed in this notice. Approvals will no longer be issued under 30 CFR parts 31 and 32.

Dated: December 20, 1996.
J. Davitt McAteer,
Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health.

Fee Schedule Effective January 1, 1997
[Based on FY 1996 data]
Action title Hourly rate
(dollars)
Flat rate
(dollars)
30 CFR PART 7--PRODUCT TESTING BY THIRD PARTY:
        12 Approval Evaluation-Battery Assemblies.
        12 Approval Evaluation-Brattice and Ventilation Tubing
        12 Approval Evaluation-Multiple-Shot Blasting Units
        12 Approval Evaluation-Electric Motor Assemblies
        12 Approval Evaluation-Electric Cables and Splice Kits
        12 Approval Evaluation-Diesel Engines1
        12 Approval Evaluation-Diesel Power Packages 2
        14 Approval Extension-Battery Assemblies
        14 Approval Extension-Brattice and Ventilation Tubing
        14 Approval Extension-Multiple-Shot Blasting Units
        14 Approval Extension-Electric Motor Assemblies
        14 Approval Extension-Electric Cables and Splice Kits
        14 Approval Extension-Diesel Engines 1
        14 Approval Extension-Diesel Power Packages 2
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
30 CFR PART 15--EXPLOSIVES:
        12 Approval Evaluation 3
            Permissibility Tests for Explosives:
                  Weigh-in
                  Physical Exam: First size
                  Chemical Analysis
                  Air Gap-Minimum Product Firing Temperature
                  Air Gap-Room Temperature
                  Pendulum Friction Test
                  Detonation Rate
                  Gallery Test 7
                  Gallery Test 8
                  Toxic Gases (Large Chamber)
            Permissibility Tests for Sheathed Explosives:
                  Physical Examination
                  Chemical Analysis
                  Gallery Test 9
                  Gallery Test 10
                  Gallery Test 11
                  Gallery Test 12
                  Drop Test
                  Temperature Effects/Detonation
                  Toxic Gases
        14 Approval Extension
30 CFR PART 18--ELECTRIC MOTOR DRIVEN EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES:
        12 Approval--Machines (testing included)
        12 Approval--Instruments (testingincluded)
        14 Approval Extension--Machines (testing included)
        14 Approval Extension--Instruments (testing included)
        15 Acceptance Evaluation 3
            Acceptance Testing:
                  Explosion Test
                  Wall Thickness Test
                  Surface/Temperature Test
                  Impact Test
                  Thermal Shock Test
                  Product Flame Test
                  Compressibility Test (asbestos substitutes)
        16 Certification Evaluation (testing included)
        17 Acceptance Extension3
            Product Flame Test
        18 Certification Extension (testing included)
        21 Field Modification (testing included)
        23 Field Approval
        26 Permit--Machines (testing included)
        26 Permit--Instruments (testing included)
        30 Intrinsic Safety Determination (testing included)
        31 Intrinsic Safety Determination Ext (testing included)
        32 Simplified Certification (testing included)
        34 Simplified Certification Extension (testing included)
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
        41 Longwall Approval (testing included)
        42 Longwall Approval Extension (testing included)
        45 Shearer Evaluation (testing included)
        46 Shearer Evaluation Extension (testing included)
        47 Permit--Extension of Time
        48 Permit Modification--Machines
        48 Permit Modification--Instruments (testing included)
30 CFR PART 19--ELECTRIC CAP LAMPS:
        12 Approval (testing included)
        14 Approval Extension (testing included)
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
30 CFR PART 20--ELECTRIC MINE LAMPS:
        12 Approval (testing included)
        14 Approval Extension (testing included)
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
30 CFR PART 21--FLAME SAFETY LAMPS:
        12 Approval (testing included)
        14 Approval Extension (testing included)
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
30 CFR PART 22--PORTABLE METHANE DETECTORS:
        12 Approval (testing included)
        14 Approval Extension (testing included)
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
30 CFR PART 23--TELEPHONES AND SIGNALING DEVICES:
        12 Approval (testing included)
        14 Approval Extension (testing included)
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
30 CFR PART 24--SINGLE-SHOT BLASTING UNITS:
        12 Approval (testing included)
        14 Approval Extension (testing included)
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
30 CFR PART 26--LIGHTING EQUIPMENT FOR ILLUMINATION:
        12 Approval (testing included)
         14 Approval Extension (testing included)
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
30 CFR PART 27--METHANE MONITORING SYSTEMS:
        16 Certification (testing included)
        18 Certification Extension (testing included)
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
30 CFR PART 28--D.C. CURRENT FUSES:
        12 Approval (testing included)
        14 Approval Extension (testing included)
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
30 CFR PART 29--PORTABLE DUST ANALYZERS AND METHANE MONITORS:
        12 Approval (testing included)
        14 Approval Extension (testing included)
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
30 CFR PART 33--DUST COLLECTORS:
        12 Approval without Cert. of Performance (testing included)
        14 Approval Extension (testing included)
        16 Certification Evaluation (testing included)
        18 Certification Extension (testing included)
        21 Field Modification
        29 Dust Collector Approval with Cert. of Performance
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
30 CFR PART 35--FIRE-RESISTANT HYDRAULIC FLUIDS:
        12 Approval (testing included)
        14 Approval Extension (testing included)
30 CFR PART 36--MOBILE DIESEL-POWERED EQUIPMENT:
        12 Approval
        14 Approval Extension
        16 Certification-Engines (testing included)
        18 Certification Extension-Engines (testing included)
.         21 Field Modification
        27 Certification-Diesel Components (testing included)
        28 Certification Ext-Diesel Components (testing included)
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
30 CFR PART 74--COAL MINE DUST PERSONAL SAMPLER UNITS:
        12 Approval
00 OTHER A&CC SERVICES:
        15 Acceptance--Overcurrent Relays (testing included)
        15 Statement of Test and Evaluation (ST&E)
        15 Material Acceptance (testing included)
        15 Monitor and Power System (MAPS) (testing included)
        15 Acceptance-Ground Check Monitor/
             Ground Wire Devices (testing included)
        17 Acceptance Ext-Overcurrent Relays (testing included)
        17 Acceptance Ext-Interim Criteria (testing included)
        17 Statement of Test and Evaluation (ST&E) Extension
        17 Material Acceptance Extension (testing included)
        17 Acceptance Extension-Ground Check Monitor/
             Ground Wire Devices (testing included)
        20 Stamped Revision Acceptance (SRA) 4
        24 Acceptance--Panic Bar
        33 Generic Statement of Test and Evaluation (ST&E)
        35 Administration Records Update
        37 Acceptance--Interim Criteria 3
            Interim Criteria Testing: Product Flame Test
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP)
        40 Stamped Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP) ST&E
        41 Approval--Longwall Area Lighting
        42 Approval Extension--Longwall Area Lighting
        50 Mine Wide Monitoring System (MWMS) Evaluation
        52 Mine Wide Monitoring System (MWMS) Barrier Classification
        54 Mine Wide Monitoring System (MWMS) Sensor Classification
        00 Retesting for Approval as a Result of Post-Approval Product Audit 5
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1 Applications for Diesel Engines (Subpart E) postmarked after November 25, 1996, must be submitted under 30 CFR Part 7 Third Party Testing.
2The phase-in period for this program is 3 years.
3 Full approval fee consists of evaluation cost plus applicable test costs.
4 Fee covers SRA application accompanied by up to five documents.
5 Fee based upon the approval schedule in effect at the time of retest.

Note: When testing and evaluation are required at locations other than MSHA's premises, the applicant shall reimburse MSHA for traveling, subsistence, and incidental expenses of MSHA's representation in accordance with standardized government travel regulations. This reimbursement is in addition to the fees charged for evaluation and testing.

[FR Doc. 96-32994 Filed 12-26-96; 8:45 am]
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