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MSHA - Petitions for Modification

February 18, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 32)
Page 8140

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration

Petitions for Modification

The following parties have filed petitions to modify the application of mandatory safety standards under section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.

1. Alex Energy Company

[Docket No. M-98-116-C]

Alex Energy Company, P.O. Box 150, Leivasy, West Virginia 26676 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 75.1700 (oil and gas wells) to its Flying Eagle Mine (I.D. No. 46-08576) located in Nicholas County, West Virginia. The petitioner proposes to mine through gas wells using the specific procedures outlined in this petition. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method would provide at least the same measure of protection as would the mandatory standard.

2. Independence Coal Company, Inc.

[Docket No. M-98-117-C]

Independence Coal Company, Inc., HC 78, Box 1800, Madison, West Virginia 25130 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 75.1002 (location of trolley wires, trolley feeder wires, high-voltage cables and transformers) to its Allegiance Mine (I.D. No. 46-08735) located in Boone County, West Virginia. The petitioner proposes to use 2,400 volt cables to power its new model continuous mining machines using specific procedures outlined in this petition. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method would not result in a diminution of safety to the miners.

3. Parcoal, Inc.

[Docket No. M-98-118-C]

Parcoal, Inc., P.O. Box 218, Isom, Kentucky 41824 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 75.364(a) (weekly examination) to its Mine No. 1 (I.D. No. 15-17963) located in Perry County, Kentucky. Due to hazardous roof conditions in certain areas of the return air course, the affected area is unsafe to travel. The petitioner proposes to establish check points at two locations outside the unsafe area to check the air quantity and quality on a daily basis and record the results as a part of the pre-shift inspection. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method would provide at least the same measure of protection as would the mandatory standard.

Request for Comments

Persons interested in these petitions are encouraged to submit comments via e-mail to zzMSHA-Comments@dol.gov , or on a computer disk along with an original hard copy to the Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, Mine Safety and Health Administration, 4015 Wilson Boulevard, Room 627, Arlington, Virginia 22203. All comments must be postmarked or received in that office on or before
March 22, 1999. Copies of these petitions are available for inspection at that address.

Dated: February 5, 1999.
Carol J. Jones,
Acting Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances.
[FR Doc. 99-3908 Filed 2-17-99; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-43-P


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