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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB84 Publication ID: Spring 2016 
Title: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines; Limited Reopening of the Record 
Abstract:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a training provision in the Refuge Alternatives Final Rule, directing the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to explain the basis for requiring motor task (hands-on), decision-making, and expectations training annually rather than quarterly, or to reopen the record, and allow public comment. MSHA reopened the rulemaking record for its Refuge Alternatives Final Rule for the limited purpose of obtaining comments on the frequency for motor task (also known as "hands-on" training), decision-making, and expectations training for miners to deploy and use refuge alternatives in underground coal mines. MSHA has reviewed and addressed the comments and will publish its course of action in the Federal Register.

 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 75   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 957    30 U.S.C. 811   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Limited Reopening of the Record  08/08/2013  78 FR 48591   
Limited Reopening of the Record; Comment Period End  10/07/2013 
Reopen the Record and Extend Comment Period  11/15/2013  78 FR 68783   
Reopen the Record and Extend Comment Period End  12/16/2013 
Final Rule  07/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: State 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1219-AB58 
Agency Contact:
Sheila McConnell
Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
201 12th Street South, Room 4E401,
Arlington, VA 22202-5452
Phone:202 693-9440
Fax:202 693-9441
Email: mcconnell.sheila.a@dol.gov