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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB79 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines 
Abstract: On December 31, 2008, MSHA issued a final rule establishing requirements for refuge alternatives for underground coal mines. MSHA is requesting data, comments, and information, based on industry experience, on issues relevant to miners' escape and refuge during an emergency. Continuous development of refuge equipment and technology is crucial to enhancing the effectiveness of escape and refuge. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 7; 30 CFR 75 
Legal Authority: 30 USC 957; 30 USC 811 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information  08/08/2013  78 FR 48593 
Extension of Comment Period  09/23/2013  78 FR 58264 
Comment Period Ends  10/07/2013   
Extension of Comment Period Ends  12/06/2013   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
George F. Triebsch
Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350,
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone:202 693-9440
Fax:202 693-9441
Email: triebsch.george@dol.gov