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Federal Register: January 16, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 11, Page 2642)

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration

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

RIN-AA53

Health Standards for Occupational Noise Exposure

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

ACTION: Proposed rule; Extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: On December 23, 1997, MSHA published a notice soliciting comments on a report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) entitled ``Prevalence of Hearing Loss For Noise-Exposed Metal/Nonmetal Miners.'' This notice extends the original comment period on the report.

DATES: Submit written comments on the report on or before February 23, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be transmitted by electronic mail, fax, or mail. Comments by electronic mail must be clearly identified and sent to: zzMSHA-Comments@dol.gov. Faxed comments must be clearly identified and sent to: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 703- 235-5551. Send mail comments to: Mine Safety and Health Administration , Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 4015 Wilson Boulevard, Room 631, Arlington, VA 22203-1984. Commenters are encouraged to supplement written comments with computer files or disks.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 17, 1996, MSHA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (61 FR 66348) revising its health standards for occupational noise exposure in coal and metal and nonmetal mines.

On December 16, 1997, MSHA published a notice in the Federal Register (62 FR 65777) announcing the availability of a report from NIOSH entitled ``Prevalence of Hearing Loss For Noise-Exposed Metal/ Nonmetal Miners.'' The Agency further stated its intent to supplement the rulemaking record with this report and to make it available to interested parties upon request.

MSHA received several requests from the mining community that they be provided an opportunity to comment on the report. On December 23, 1997, MSHA published a notice in the Federal Register (62 FR 67013) allowing the public 30 days in which to review the report and submit comments.

In response to a request from the mining community, MSHA is extending this comment period an additional 30 days to February 23, 1998. Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments by this date.

Dated: January 12, 1998.
J. Davitt McAteer,
Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health .
[FR Doc. 98-1139 Filed 1-15-98; 8:45 am]
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