Department of Labor (DOL)
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
1966. UNDERGROUND COAL MINE VENTILATION--SAFETY STANDARDS FOR THE BELT ENTRY AS AN INTAKE AIR COURSE
Priority: Other Significant
Legal Authority: 30 USC 811; 30 USC 961
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 75
Legal Deadline: None
Abstract: The proposed rule would give a coal mine operator the option of using air from a belt entry (belt air) in mines with three or more entries (parallel tunnels), as an intake air course to ventilate working sections and areas where mechanized mining equipment is being installed or removed. Current standards require belt air to be separated from intake and return air courses for mines opened after 1970, unless a mine operator is granted a petition for modification of a safety standard (30 CFR 75.350) as set forth in the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act (Mine Act) of 1977 section 101(c), 30 USC 811(c) (1998). For three or more entry mines, regardless of the date they were opened, the proposed rule would eliminate the need for mine operators to seek a petition for modification to use belt air and establish safety requirements for its use.
________________________________________________________________________ Action Date FR Cite ________________________________________________________________________ NPRM 01/27/88 53 FR 2382 Public Hearing Notice 01/27/03 68 FR 3936 Second NPRM 01/27/03 68 FR 3936 Second NPRM 03/28/03 Comment Period End Final Rule 04/02/04 69 FR 17480 Final Action Effective 06/01/04
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses
Government Levels Affected: None
Additional Information: The final action effective date is 6/1/04 with the exception of sections 75.351(e)(3) and 75.35(r) which are effective 8/2/04.
Agency Contact: Marvin W. Nichols Jr., Director, Office of Standards, Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Room 2352, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 202 693--9440
Fax: 202 693--9441