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[Federal Register: June 6, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 108)]
[Notices]
[Page 31347-31348]

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration

Technical Study Panel on the Utilization of Belt Air and the Composition and Fire Retardant Properties of Belt Materials in Underground Coal Mining

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

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice informs interested persons of the fourth meeting of the Technical Study Panel (Panel) on the Utilization of Belt Air and the Composition and Fire Retardant Properties of Belt Materials in Underground Coal Mining. The public is invited to attend.

DATES: The meeting will be held on June 20-21, 2007. The meetings on June 20 and 21 will start at 9 a.m. each day and conclude by 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting location is the Best Western Birmingham Airport Hotel, 5216 Messer Airport Highway, Birmingham, AL 35212. (Telephone: 205-591-7900).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia W. Silvey, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, Mine Safety and Health Administration, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, Virginia 22209; silvey.patricia@dol.gov (Internet e-mail), 202-693-9440 (voice), or 202-693-9441 (facsimile).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Panel was created under section 11 of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-236). The purpose of the Panel is to provide independent scientific and engineering review and recommendations concerning the utilization of belt air and the composition and fire retardant properties of belt materials in underground coal mining. By December 2007, the Panel must submit a report to the Secretaries of Labor and Health and Human Services, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. The first meeting of the Panel was held in Washington, DC on January 9-10, 2007. The second meeting of the Panel was held in Coraopolis, PA on March 28-30, 2007. The third meeting of the Panel was held in Salt Lake City, UT on May 16-17, 2007.
     The agenda for the fourth meeting will include:
     (1) Panel of Atmospheric Monitoring System (AMS) manufacturers;
     (2) Discussion of sensor technologies and current AMS capabilities;
     (3) General discussion of belt air issues with representatives of industry and labor; and
     (4) Public input.
     The panel will allocate time at the end of each day for presentations by members of the public. MSHA expects the amount of time allocated for public participation to be approximately one hour, but it may vary based on the interest expressed by the public. MSHA will also accept written submissions.
     MSHA requests that persons planning to participate in the public input session of this meeting notify the Agency at least one week prior to the meeting date. There will be an opportunity for other persons, who have not made prior arrangements with MSHA and wish to speak, to register at the beginning of the meeting each day. Speakers should limit their presentations to five minutes, but may supplement oral remarks with written submissions. MSHA will incorporate written submissions into the official record, which includes a verbatim transcript, and make them available to the public. The Panel Chairman will moderate the public participation session, and panelists may ask the speakers questions.
     The public may inspect the official record of the meetings at the MSHA address listed above under the heading FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. In addition, this information will be posted on the Agency's single source Web page titled ``The Technical Study Panel on the Utilization of Belt Air and the Composition and Fire Retardant Properties of Belt Materials in Underground Coal Mining Single Source Page.'' The Single Source page is located at http://www.msha.gov/BeltAir/BeltAir.asp.

     Dated: June 1, 2007.
Richard E. Stickler,
Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 07-2811 Filed 6-1-07; 2:46 pm]

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