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[Federal Register: March 3, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 41)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 9404-9405]

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration

30 CFR Parts 56, 57, 62, 70, and 71

RIN 1219-AA53

Health Standards for Occupational Noise Exposure

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

ACTION: Proposed rule; change of dates for hearings.

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SUMMARY: Due to a scheduling conflict, MSHA is changing the dates of two of the public hearings announced in the

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Federal Register on February 6, 1997 (62 FR 5554).

DATES: The public hearings are scheduled to be held at the following locations on the dates indicated:

May 6, 1997--Beaver, West Virginia (Beckley)
May 8, 1997--St. Louis, Missouri
May 13, 1997--Denver, Colorado
May 15, 1997--Las Vegas, Nevada
May 28, 1997--Atlanta, Georgia
May 30, 1997--Washington, DC

ADDRESSES: The hearings will be held at the following locations:

May 6, 1997, National Mine Health & Safety Academy, Auditorium, 1301 Airport Road, Beaver, West Virginia (Beckley) 25813.

May 8, 1997, Harley Hotel, North Ballroom, 3400 Rider Trail South, St. Louis, Missouri 63134.

May 13, 1997, Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Mount Evans Room, 3535 Quebec Street, Denver, Colorado 80207.

May 15, 1997, Bourbon Street Hotel, 120 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109.

May 28, 1997, Holiday Inn Airport, 5010 Old National Highway, Atlanta, Georgia 30349.

May 30, 1997, Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, Auditorium, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 17, 1996, MSHA published in the Federal Register (61 FR 66348) a proposed rule to revise the Agency's existing health standards for occupational noise. On February 6, 1997, MSHA published in the Federal Register (62 FR 5554) a notice extending the comment period to April 21, 1997. In that same notice, the Agency announced public hearings and stated that the rulemaking record will close on June 16, 1997.

Due to a scheduling conflict, MSHA is changing the dates of the Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, DC hearings. The Agency has learned that the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) will be holding their joint annual ``Conference and Exposition'' the week of May 17-23, 1997. MSHA believes that many members of the AIHA and ACGIH will be interested in attending the Agency's hearings on occupational noise exposure, including several members of the Agency's staff working on the noise proposal. Therefore, the Agency has changed the hearing for Atlanta, Georgia to May 28, 1997, and the hearing for Washington, DC to May 30, 1997. To allow for the submission of posthearing comments, the record would remain open until June 20, 1997.

Dated: February 24, 1997.
J. Davitt McAteer,
Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 97-5073 Filed 2-28-97; 8:45 am]
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