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Federal Register: April 10, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 69, Page 17781)

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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: Supplemental proposed rule; extension of comment period and close of record.

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SUMMARY: MSHA is extending the post-hearing comment period and close of record regarding the Agency's supplemental proposed rule for occupational noise exposure, which was published in the Federal Register on December 31, 1997.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 24, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Comments on this supplemental proposed rule must be clearly identified as such and may be transmitted by electronic mail to zzMSHA-Comments@dol.gov; by fax to MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 703-235-5551; or by mail to MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 4015 Wilson Boulevard, Room 631, Arlington, VA 22203. Interested persons are encouraged to supplement written comments with computer files or disks; please contact the Agency with any format questions.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 31, 1997, MSHA published in the Federal Register (62 FR 68468) a proposed rule which would supplement MSHA's proposed rule for occupational noise exposure in coal and metal and nonmetal mines, published December 17, 1996 (61 FR 66348). The supplemental proposal would require mine operators to provide affected miners and miners' representatives with an opportunity to observe operator monitoring required under Sec. 62.120(f) of MSHA's proposed rule for occupational noise exposure. It also would require mine operators to inform miners and miners' representatives of the dates and times of planned operator noise monitoring so that miners and miners' representatives would have an opportunity to exercise the right to observe monitoring.

The comment period closed on February 17, 1998. MSHA held a public hearing on March 10, 1998, in Washington, DC. To allow for the submission of post-hearing comments the record was scheduled to close on April 9, 1998. Due to requests from the mining community, the Agency is extending the post-hearing comment period and close of record to April 24, 1998. MSHA believes that this extension will provide sufficient time for all interested parties to review and comment on the proposal, and on the written comments and testimony that the Agency has received thus far. All interested members of the mining public are encouraged to submit comments prior to April 24, 1998.

Dated: April 7, 1998.
J. Davitt McAteer,
Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 98-9597 Filed 4-8-98; 9:53 am]
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