Petition - Docket No. M-2007-030-C


February 27, 2008


In the matter of: Petition for Modification Chestnut Coal Company

No. 12 Slope

I.D. No. 36-09493 Docket No. M-2007-030-C PROPOSED ORDER OF DISMISSAL

On May 10, 2007, Chestnut Coal Company filed a petition pursuant to 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), 30 U.S.C. § 811(c), and 30 C.F.R. § 44 et seq., for the modification of the application of 30 C.F.R. § 75.360, a mandatory safety standard.


The petitioner requests modification of 30 C.F.R. § 75.360, as it applies to underground anthracite mines, to allow the visual examination of mine seals while riding into the mine on a hoisted slope entry conveyance (gunboat) in the mine’s main intake aircourse combined with air quality and quantity measurements where air enters the slope and where it splits at the gangway(s).


On August 31, 2007, the petitioner requested that the petition for modification Docket No. M-2007-030-C be withdrawn because the mine had no working sections and a modification was not needed. On February 4, 2008, the petitioner’s request to withdraw the modification was forwarded to MSHA’s Arlington offices.




Therefore, pursuant to the authority delegated by the Secretary of Labor to the Administrator for Coal Mine Safety and Health, Chestnut Coal Company’s Petition for Modification of 30 C.F.R.

§ 75.360 at No. 12 Slope mine is hereby: DISMISSED.

Any party to this action desiring a hearing on this matter must file in accordance with 30 C.F.R. Part 44 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 Order of Dismissal will become final.




Stephen J. Gigliotti

Acting Chief, Safety Division for Coal Mine Safety and Health