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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB84 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines; Limited Reopening of the Record 
Abstract: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a training provision in the Refuge Alternatives Final Rule, directing MSHA to explain the basis for requiring motor task (hands-on), decision-making, and expectations training annually rather than quarterly or to reopen the record and allow public comment. MSHA is reopening the rulemaking record for its Refuge Alternatives Final Rule for the limited purpose of obtaining comments on the frequency for motor task (also known as "hands-on" training), decision-making, and expectations training for miners to deploy and use refuge alternatives in underground coal mines. MSHA will review the comments to determine an appropriate course of action for the Agency in response to comments. MSHA will publish its response in the Federal Register addressing the public comments and either explaining the reason that it is leaving the final rule unchanged or modifying the final rule as the result of the public comment process. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 75 
Legal Authority: 30 USC 957; 30 USC 811 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Limited Reopening of the Record  08/08/2013  78 FR 48591 
Limited Reopening of Record - Comment Period Ends  10/07/2013   
Limited Reopening of the Record  11/15/2013  78 FR 68783 
Limited Reopening of Record Comment Period End  12/16/2013   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: State 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1219-AB58 
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