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[December 11, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 237)]
[Unified Agenda]
[Page 73563]

Department of Labor (DOL)
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
Completed Actions


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2119. UNDERGROUND MINE RESCUE EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 30 USC 811; 30 USC 952(b)

CFR Citation: None

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Mine Safety and Health Administration requested data, comments, and other information on issues relevant to underground mine rescue equipment and technology. Over the last several years, improvements have been made to communication devices, sensors, and other forms of technology in general industry. As such, continuous development and deployment of mine rescue equipment and technology are crucial to enhancing the effectiveness of mine rescue operations and improving miners' survivability in the event of a mine emergency. Responses to this request for information assisting the Agency in determining an appropriate course of action to improve mine rescue capabilities. The contents of this rule are merged into the new MINER Act requirements. Many of the issues in the Request for Information will be addressed either in rulemakings required by the MINER Act or in actions in response to studies and reports required by the MINER Act. This regulatory agenda item is therefore no longer necessary.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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RFI                             01/25/06                     71 FR 4224
RFI Comment Period End          03/27/06
Public Meeting on 3/13/06       02/23/06                     71 FR 9299
Merged Into MINER Act           07/24/06


Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

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-AB44

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