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[April 24, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 78)]
[Unified Agenda]
[Page 22920]

Department of Labor (DOL)
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
Proposed Rule Stage


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1957. HIGH-VOLTAGE CONTINUOUS MINING MACHINE STANDARD FOR UNDERGROUND
COAL MINES


Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 30 USC 811; 30 USC 957; 30 USC 961

CFR Citation: 30 CFR 18; 30 CFR 75

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Our July 16, 2004 NPRM (69 FR 42812) proposed to establish design requirements for approval of high-voltage continuous mining machines operating where miners work in underground coal mines. The rule also proposed to establish new mandatory electrical safety standards for the installation, use, and maintenance of the high- voltage continuous mining machines. This supplemental NPRM proposes and requests comments on two issues that arose from oral and written comments that MSHA received during the hearing and post-hearing comment period on the NPRM. These issues involve: 1) types of trailing cables that can be used with high-voltage continuous mining machines; and 2) a requirement to use high-voltage insulating gloves or other personal protective equipment when handling energized high-voltage trailing cables.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            07/16/04                    69 FR 42812
NPRM Comment Period End         08/23/04                    69 FR 51784
Second NPRM                     03/28/06                    71 FR 15359
Second NPRM Comment Period End  05/30/06


Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Patricia W. Silvey, Acting Director, Office of
Standards, Regulations, and Variances, Department of Labor, Mine Safety
and Health Administration, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2349, Arlington,
VA 22209-3939
Phone: 202 693-9440
Fax: 202 693-9441
Email: silvey.patricia@dol.gov

RIN: 1219-AB34

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