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[Federal Register: August 6, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 151)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration

Notice of Public Hearing

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice of public hearing.

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SUMMARY: This notice sets a date, time and place for a public hearing in connection with MSHA's accident investigation of the July 5, 1999 explosion at Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Company's Gramercy Works facility in Gramercy, Louisiana.

The United States Department of Labor, Mine Safety & Health Administration will convene a public hearing as part of the Agency's accident investigation into the July 5, 1999 explosion at the Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Company's Gramercy Works facility in Gramercy, Louisiana.

The hearing will begin at 9:00 A.M CDT on Wednesday, September 8, 1999, at the St. James Parish Courthouse, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 5800 LA 44, Convent, Louisiana 70723. It will continue at such time(s) and place(s) as MSHA designates.

The hearing is convened pursuant to Section 103(b) of the Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977, 30 USC Section 813(b). The purpose of the hearing is to carry out MSHA's statutory responsibility to (1) determine the cause(s), including possible contributory causes, of the explosion; (2) identify and develop corrective actions, procedures and strategies to prevent the occurrence of similar accidents; and (3) determine whether federal safety standards were violated in relation to the explosion. The hearing will be non-adversarial and fact-finding in nature, and questioning will be limited to the statutory purposes. The hearing will not be subject to the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 USC Section 554.

All of the questioning will be done by an MSHA panel comprised of Agency personnel, experts retained by MSHA, and representatives from the Department of Labor's Office of the Solicitor. Representatives of the operator, the miners or any other interested person may submit written questions or areas of inquiry for MSHA to consider. MSHA will determine--at its sole discretion--whether said supplemental questions will be asked. Such supplemental questioning will be conducted by the MSHA panel.

Representatives of the operator, representatives of miners at the facility, and any other interested persons are invited to provide the names of potential witnesses with relevant information concerning the accident. A brief description of the possible relevant testimony of the potential witness should be included when witness names are submitted. MSHA will make the final determination of which witnesses will be called to testify. Suggested questions and the names of potential witnesses should be provided to Edward Lopez at the address below. Witnesses will be subpoenaed by the Agency. The subpoena will advise the witness of the date and time of his/her required appearance, as well as of the location of the hearing. Some witnesses

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may be required to bring certain records with them at the time of their appearance. Witnesses are encouraged to review any records necessary to refresh or supplement their recollection prior to appearing to testify.

DATES: The hearing will begin at 9:00 A.M CDT, September 8, 1999.

ADDRESSES: The hearing will be held in St. James Parish Courthouse, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 5800 LA 44, Convent, Louisiana 70723.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edward Lopez, Accident Investigations Program Manager, Mine Safety & Health Administration, 4015 Wilson Boulevard, Room 718, Arlington, VA 22203; telephone (703) 235-1565; Fax (703) 235-3686 (Arlington, Virginia) or telephone (225) 869-9636 (Lutcher, Louisiana).

Dated: August 3, 1999.
Marvin W. Nichols,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 99-20393 Filed 8-4-99; 2:06 pm]
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