Petition - Docket No. M-97-046-C

In the matter of
Bledsoe Coal Corporation
Mine No. 66
I.D. No. 15-17172
Petition for Modification
Docket No. M-97-046-C

Date Issued: 01/09/1998


On March 31, 1997, Bledsoe Coal Corporation filed a petition pursuant to 1010(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), 30 U.S.C. sec. 811(1), and 30 CFR 44 et seq., for the modification of the application for 30 CFR 75.362(d)(2), a mandatory safety standard.

On May 15, 1997, Petitioner asked to withdraw the petition stating that "Mine No. 66 will complete mining of its reservers in the near future. As a result, Bledsoe Coal Coporation withdraws the petition for Mine No. 66." MSHA district personnel verified that the petition allegation of a diminution of safety in the application was unfounded and that the petition is not needed.

Therefore, pursuant to the authority delegated by the Secretary of Labor to the Administrator for Coal Mine Safety and Health, Bledsoe Coal Corporation’s Petition for Modification of 30 CFR 75.362(d)(2) to its No. 66 Mine is dismissed.

Any party to this action desiring a hearing on this matter must file in accordance with 30 CFR 4, within 30 days. The request for hearing must be filed with the Administrator for Coal Mine Safety and Health, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22209-3939.

If a hearing is requested, the request shall contain a concise summary of position on the issues of fact or law desired to be raised by the party requesting the hearing, including specific objections to the proposed decision.

A party other than Petitioner who has requested a hearing shall also comment upon all issues of fact or law presented in the petition, and any party to this action requesting a hearing may indicate a desired hearing site. If no request for a hearing is filed within 30 days after service thereof, the Decision and Order will become final and must be posted by the operator on the mine bulletin board at the mine.


Robert A. Elam
Deputy Administrator for Coal Mine Safety and Health