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U.S. Department of Labor Reopens Public Comment Period for Additional Stakeholder Input Regarding Diesel Exhaust Exposure

News Release Posted: [March 23, 2018]

ARLINGTON, VA – As the U.S. Department of Labor continues to protect the health and safety of America’s miners, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced today that it will reopen the public comment period regarding the Agency’s Request for Information (RFI) on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust.

On June 8, 2016, MSHA published an RFI seeking information and data on the effectiveness of the Agency’s existing standards and policy guidance on controlling miners’ exposure to diesel exhaust to preserve miners’ health. The RFI’s comment period closed on Nov. 30, 2016. As a result of collaboration at a partnership meeting in December 2016, the comment period was reopened until Jan. 9, 2018. Since then, MSHA has received additional stakeholder requests to provide additional time for all stakeholders to share input and data to best protect the health and safety of America’s miners. Comments must be received on or before midnight Eastern Standard Time on March 26, 2019.

A notice regarding the extension has been posted at the Federal Register.

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Media Contact:
Amy Louviere, 202-693-9423,
Release Number: 18-223-NAT