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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB85 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: Request for Information to Improve the Health and Safety of Miners and to Prevent Accidents in Underground Coal Mines 

In response to recommendations resulting from Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) investigation of the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine explosion and MSHA's internal review of its actions at UBB, MSHA considered regulatory action that would address issues related to the explosion. The Request for Information (RFI) requested data, comments, and information on issues related to rock dusting, ventilation, mine examinations, certified persons, and MSHA-approved instructors. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is currently conducting research on relevant issues associated with explosion-related conditions in coal mines, such as use of Atmospheric Monitoring Systems, float coal dust characterization, and alternative rock dust applications. MSHA is withdrawing this item and plans to evaluate NIOSH research results and nonregulatory alternatives.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 75   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 811   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information (RFI)  02/26/2015  80 FR 10436   
RFI Comment Period End  04/27/2015 
RFI Comment Period Extended  04/22/2015  80 FR 22465   
RFI Comment Period Extended End  06/26/2015 
Withdrawn  03/30/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
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