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[April 30, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 82)]
[Unified Agenda]

Department of Labor (DOL)
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
Long-Term Actions


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1817. REVISING ELECTRICAL PRODUCT APPROVAL REGULATIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 30 USC 957

CFR Citation: 30 CFR 7; 30 CFR 17 to 18; 30 CFR 22 to 23; 30 CFR 27

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: 30 CFR part 18 (Electric Motor-Driven Mine Equipment and Accessories), describes the approval requirements for electrically operated machines and accessories intended for use in underground gassy mines, and for related matters, such as approval procedures, certification of components, and acceptance of flame-resistant hoses and conveyor belts. Aside from minor modifications, part 18 has been largely unchanged since it was promulgated in 1968. MSHA is proposing revisions to improve the efficiency of the approval process, recognize new technology, add quality assurance provisions, address existing policies through the rulemaking process, and reorganize portions of the approval regulations. MSHA will be addressing the requirements in this NPRM in phases. The first phase will be Flame-Resistance Testing of Mining Materials. This action will be published first because the MINER Act requires all life lines to be flame-resistant by June 14, 2009. The flame-resistant requirements are contained in 30 CFR part 18.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

URL For More Information:
www.msha.gov/regsinfo.htm www.regulations.gov

URL For Public Comments:
www.regulations.gov

Agency Contact: Patricia W. Silvey, Director, Office of Standards,
Regulations, and Variances, Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health
Administration, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, VA 22209-3939
Phone: 202 693-9440
Fax: 202 693-9441
Email: silvey.patricia@dol.gov

RIN: 1219-AB37

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