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[December 22, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 245)]
[Unified Agenda]
[Page 73213]

Department of Labor (DOL)
(Proposed Rule Stage)

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

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2084. HIGH-VOLTAGE CONTINUOUS MINING MACHINE STANDARDS FOR UNDERGROUND COAL MINES


Priority: Other Significant

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

CFR Citation: 30 CFR 18; 30 CFR 75

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Our current standards require that high--voltage and transformers be kept at least 150 feet from coal extraction areas in underground coal mines. These requirements are intended to eliminate an ignition source for methane and coal dust in close proximity to the work area. The use of new mining technology, in the form of high-- voltage continuous mining machines, is becoming more widespread in the mining industry. This equipment uses high--voltage electrical equipment and associated cables. Mine operators, however, must apply to MSHA for a petition for modification from the existing standards if they want to use this high--voltage equipment. The proposed rule would eliminate the need for a modification to use this equipment, and would establish safety requirements for its use. The proposed rule would also include design approval requirements for high--voltage continuous mining machines operated in face areas of underground coal mines.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            03/00/04


Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Marvin W. Nichols Jr., Director, Office of Standards, Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Room 2352, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 202 693--9440
Fax: 202 693--9441
Email: nichols-marvin@dol.gov

RIN: 1219-AB34

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Phone: (202) 693-9400

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