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Federal Register: June 30, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 125)

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration

30 CFR Part 75

RIN 1219-AB00

Safety Standards for Roof Bolts in Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Underground Coal Mines

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

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: MSHA is extending the comment period regarding the Agency's proposed rule for roof and rock bolts at metal and nonmetal mines and underground coal mines which was published in the Federal Register on April 28, 1997.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 14, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Comments on the proposed rule may be transmitted by electronic mail, fax, or mail. Comments by electronic mail must be clearly identified as such and sent to this e-mail address: psilvey. Comments by fax must be clearly identified as such and sent to: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 703-235-5551. Send mail comments to: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, Room 631, 4015 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203-1984.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia W. Silvey, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, MSHA, phone 703-235-1910.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 28, 1997, MSHA published in the Federal Register (62 FR 22998) a proposed rule to revise the Agency's existing safety standards for roof and rock bolts at metal and nonmetal mines and underground coal mines by updating the reference to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard for roof and rock bolts and accessories. The comment period was scheduled to close on June 27, 1997. The Agency received a request from the mining community to extend the period for public comment.

MSHA has evaluated the request and is extending the comment period to July 14, 1997. The Agency believes that this extension will provide sufficient time for all interested parties to review and comment on the proposal. All interested parties are encouraged to submit comments on or prior to July 14, 1997.

Dated: June 25, 1997.
J. Davitt McAteer,
Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 97-17040 Filed 6-25-97; 3:06 pm]
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