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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB34 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: High-Voltage Continuous Mining Machine Standard for Underground Coal Mines 
Abstract: MSHA’s July 16, 2004, NPRM (69 FR 42812) proposed to establish design requirements for approval of high-voltage continuous mining machines operating where miners work in underground mines. The rule also proposed to establish new mandatory electrical safety standards for the installation, use, and maintenance of the high-voltage continuous mining machines used in underground coal mines. MSHA published a supplemental NPRM on March 28, 2006 (71 FR 15359). The supplemental NPRM proposed and requested comments on two issues arising from oral and written comments that MSHA received during the hearing and post-hearing comment period on the NPRM. These issues involved: (1) The types of trailing cables that can be used with high-voltage continuous mining machines; and (2) a requirement to use high-voltage insulating gloves or other personal protective equipment when handling energized high-voltage trailing cables. MSHA regularly receives petitions for modifications from coal mine operators seeking permission to use high-voltage continuous mining machines. MSHA believes that, with appropriate safeguards, such machines are safe for use and routinely grants these petitions. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 18    30 CFR 75   
Legal Authority: 30 USC 811    30 USC 957    30 USC 961   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/16/2004  69 FR 42812   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/23/2004    
Second NPRM  03/28/2006  71 FR 15359   
Second NPRM Comment Period End  05/30/2006    
Final Action  04/00/2010    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Patricia W. Silvey
Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Room 631, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350,
Arlington, VA 22209-3939
Phone:202 693-9440
Fax:202 693-9441

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