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[Federal Register: July 27, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 143)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration

30 CFR Parts 57 and 75

RIN 1219-AB19

Safety Standards for Self-Rescue Devices in Underground Coal and Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: This document extends the public comment period for the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) published in the Federal Register on July 7, 1999. The ANPRM addressed safety standards for self-rescue devices in underground coal and underground metal and nonmetal mines.

DATES: Submit your comments on or before September 7, 1999.

ADDRESSES: Mail your comments to MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, MSHA, Room 631, 4015 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22203 or telefax your comments to the same office at 703-235-5551. While we (MSHA) do not require it, we encourage you to also submit a computer disk containing your comments or transmit an e-mail with your comments to zzMSHA-Comments@dol.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Jones, Acting Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 703-235-1910.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We held a joint conference with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Beckley, West Virginia on June 15 and 16, 1999. This conference provided an opportunity for all segments of the mining community to discuss issues related to self- rescue devices. Using information developed at the conference, we published an ANPRM in the Federal Register on July 7 (64 FR 36632). In the ANPRM, we requested comments on issues discussed at the conference and other issues dealing with self-rescue devices. The comment period was to close on August 6, 1999.

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At the request of a segment of the mining community to extend the time to submit comments, we are extending the comment period. The comment period will close September 7, 1999. We believe that this will provide sufficient time for all interested parties to review the ANPRM and submit comments.

Dated: July 21, 1999.
Marvin W. Nichols,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 99-19159 Filed 7-26-99; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-43-P

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