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DOL/OWCP RIN: 1240-AA07 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Black Lung Benefits Act: Standards for Chest Radiographs 
Abstract: Physicians use chest radiographs (X-rays) as a tool in evaluating whether a miner suffers from pneumoconiosis (black lung disease). Accordingly, the Department's regulations implementing the Black Lung Benefits Act allow submission of radiographs and set out quality standards for their performance. These standards, which were last revised in 1983, currently address only film radiographs. Since their promulgation, many medical facilities have phased out film radiography in favor of digital radiography. This rule will update the existing film-radiography standards and provide parallel standards for digital radiographs. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 718 
Legal Authority: 30 USC 902(f); 30 USC 921(b); 30 USC 923(b); 30 USC 936(a) 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/13/2013  78 FR 35575 
Direct Final Rule  06/13/2013  78 FR 35549 
NPRM Comment Period End  08/12/2013   
Direct Final Rule Effective  09/11/2013   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Steven D. Breeskin
Dir. Div. of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation
Department of Labor
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Suite N-3464,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-0978
Fax:202 343-5904
Email: breeskin.steven@dol.gov

 
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