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[December 11, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 237)]
[Unified Agenda]
[Page 73561-73562]

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


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2116. 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 ; 30 CFR 23; 30 CFR 27

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: 30 CFR part 18, entitled ``Electric Motor-Driven Mine Equipment and Accessories,'' describes the requirements to obtain MSHA approval of electrically operated machines and accessories intended for use in underground gassy mines, as well as other 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. This update of part 18 was intended 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. We will be addressing the requirements in this NPRM in phases. The first phase will be Flame- Resistance Testing of Mining Materials.

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
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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