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Federal Register: February 12, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 29, Page 7089)

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration

30 CFR Parts 57 and 75

RIN 1219-AA94

Safety Standards for the Use of Roof-Bolting Machines in Underground Mines

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

ACTION: Extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: MSHA is extending the comment period on its advance notice of proposed rulemaking addressing the use of roof-bolting machines in underground mines.

DATES: Submit all comments on or before March 9, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Comments 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: zzMSHA-Comments@dol.gov. Comments by fax must be clearly identified as such and sent to: Mine Safety and Health Administration, 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, Virginia 22203-1984. Interested persons are encouraged to supplement written comments with computer files or disks; please contact the Agency with any questions about format.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 9, 1997, MSHA published a notice in the Federal Register (62 FR 64789), requesting comments on the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) relating to Safety Standards for the Use of Roof Bolting Machines in underground mines. MSHA published the notice to afford an opportunity for interested persons to comment on the ANPRM and for commenters to provide additional information and data on machine design, operating procedures, and miners' experiences with roof-bolting machines.

The comment period was scheduled to close on February 9, 1998; however, in response to commenters' requests for additional time to prepare their comments, MSHA is extending the comment period until March 9, 1998. The Agency believes that this extension will provide sufficient time for all interested parties to review and comment on the ANPRM. All interested parties are encouraged to submit their comments on or prior to March 9, 1998.

Dated: February 6, 1998.
J. Davitt McAteer,
Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 98-3563 Filed 2-11-98; 8:45 am]
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