[Federal Register: September 20, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 181)]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Petitions for Modification
The following parties have filed petitions to modify the
application of existing safety standards under section 101(c) of the
Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.
1. Kingwood Mining Company, LLC
[Docket No. M-2005-062-C]
Kingwood Mining Company, LLC, Route 1 Box 294C, Newburg, West
Virginia 26410 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR
75.364(b)(1) (Weekly examination) to its Whitetail K-Mine (MSHA I.D.
No. 46-08751) located in Preston County, West Virginia. The petitioner
requests a modification of the existing standard to permit monitoring
stations to be established for the left side entries (looking inby)
from the belt entry over of South Mains #2 at #8
crosscut to South Mains #4 at #9 crosscut due to
deteriorating roof conditions. The petitioner proposes to establish
monitoring stations (MS-S1, S2, S3, & S4) at inlet entries (MS-S3 and
S4) at South #4 between #9-#10 crosscut and the
outlet entries (MS-S1 and S2) at South #2 between #6-
#7 crosscut. The petitioner will have a certified person
examine the monitoring stations on a weekly basis for air quantity,
quality, and direction, and record the results of the examination in a
book. The petitioner will also examine the stopping line between the
belt entry and the intake air entry area in question from the South
Mains #2 at #4 crosscut to South Mains #4 at #9 crosscut each production day for integrity, and record the results in the daily belt examiners book. The petitioner asserts that
the proposed alternative method would provide at least the same measure
of protection as the existing standard.
2. Mach Mining, LLC
[Docket No. M-2005-063-C]
Mach Mining, LLC, P.O. Box 300, Johnston City, Illinois 62951 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 75.1909(b)(6)
(Nonpermissible diesel-powered equipment; design and performance
requirements) to its Mach #1 Mine (MSHA I.D. No. 11-03141)
located in Williamson County, Illinois. The petitioner proposes to
operate the Getman Roadbuilder as it was originally designed without
front brakes. The petitioner will provide training to the grader
operators on lowering the moldboard for additional stopping capability
in emergency situations; train operators to recognize the appropriate
speeds to use on different roadway conditions; and limit the maximum
speed of the Roadbuilder to 10 miles per hour. The petitioner asserts
that the proposed alternative method would provide at least the same
measure of protection as the existing standard.
Request for Comments
Persons interested in these petitions are encouraged to submit
comments via Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov; E-mail: zzMSHA-Comments@dol.gov; Fax: (202) 693-9441; or Regular Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Office of
Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room
2350, Arlington, Virginia 22209. All comments must be postmarked or
received in that office on or before October 20, 2005. Copies of these
petitions are available for inspection at that address.
Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this 15th day of September 2005.
Rebecca J. Smith,
Acting Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances.
[FR Doc. 05-18738 Filed 9-19-05; 8:45 am]
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