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[October 31, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 209)]
[Unified Agenda]

Department of Labor (DOL)
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
[Final Rule Stage]


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2099. IMPROVING AND ELIMINATING REGULATIONS Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 30 USC 811; 30 USC 957

CFR Citation: 30 CFR 1 to 199

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or duplication, and to streamline requirements. We have reviewed our current regulations and identified provisions that are outdated, redundant, unnecessary, or otherwise require change. We will be making these changes through notice and comment rulemaking where necessary. We will also consider new regulations that reflect ``best practices'' in the mining industry. We view this effort to be evolving and ongoing and will continue to accept recommendations from the public. We published a proposed rule addressing the use of low-and medium voltage three-phase circuits in underground coal mines. The rule would allow the use of low-and medium-voltage diesel-powered electrical generators as an alternative means of powering electrical equipment.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM Comment Period End: Methane 
Testing                         11/25/02                    67 FR 60611
NPRM: Spring-Loaded Locks       01/22/03                     68 FR 2941
Direct Final Rule: Spring-Loaded 
Locks                           01/22/03                     68 FR 2879
Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule: 
Spring-Loaded Locks             03/07/03                    68 FR 10965
NPRM: Sanitary Toilets          04/21/03                    68 FR 19477
NPRM: Seatbelts                 04/21/03                    68 FR 19474
Direct Final Rule: Sanitary 
Toilets                         04/21/03                    68 FR 19347
Direct Final Rule: Seatbelts    04/21/03                    68 FR 19344
Final Rule: Sanitary Toilets    06/23/03                    68 FR 37082
Final Rule: Spring-Loaded Locks 06/23/03                    68 FR 37077
Final Rule Effective 
(Confirmation): Seatbelts       06/30/03                    68 FR 36913
NPRM: Methane Testing           07/07/03                    68 FR 40132
Final Rule: Methane Testing     07/07/03                    68 FR 40132
Final Rule Effective: Sanitary 
Toilets                         07/23/03                    68 FR 37082
Final Rule Effective: Spring-
Loaded Locks                    08/22/03                    68 FR 37077
NPRM: Portable Diesel Generator 06/25/04                    69 FR 35992
Notice of Public Hearing - 
Diesel Generators               08/23/04                    69 FR 51784
NPRM Comment Period End         12/10/04
Final Action                    11/00/05
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Rebecca J. Smith, Acting Director, Office of Standards,
Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, 1100 Wilson
Boulevard, Rm 2350, Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 202 693-9440
Fax: 202 693-9441
Email: smith.rebecca@dol.gov

RIN: 1219-AA98

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