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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB86 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust 

Epidemiological studies have found that diesel exhaust presents health risks to workers. These possible health effects range from headaches and nausea to respiratory disease and cancer. MSHA's existing regulations address the health hazards to underground metal and nonmetal miners (66 FR 5706) and coal miners (66 FR 5526) from exposure to diesel particulate matter (DPM). DPM is a component of diesel exhaust. MSHA also has limits for miners’ occupational exposure to selected components of the gaseous fraction of diesel exhaust. In June 2012, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified diesel exhaust as a known human carcinogen. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Cancer Institute also have stated that diesel exhaust exposure has important public health implications, including increasing the risk of death from lung cancer. Because of the carcinogenic health risk to miners from exposure to diesel exhaust, MSHA is requesting information on approaches that would improve control of DPM and diesel exhaust.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 57.5060 to 57.5075    30 CFR 70.1900    30 CFR 72.500 to 72.520    30 CFR 75.1900 to 75.1916   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 811    30 U.S.C. 813   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information (RFI)  06/08/2016  81 FR 36826   
Notice of Public Meetings  06/27/2016  81 FR 41486   
Public Meeting--Salt Lake City, UT  07/19/2016 
Public Meeting--Pittsburgh, PA  07/21/2016 
Public Meeting--Arlington, VA  07/26/2016 
Public Meeting--Birmingham, AL  08/04/2016 
RFI Comment Period Extended  08/25/2016  81 FR 58424   
RFI Comment Period Extended End  11/30/2016 
RFI Reopening of Comment Period  01/09/2017  82 FR 2284   
RFI Reopening of Comment Period End  01/09/2018 
RFI Reopening of Comment Period  03/26/2018  83 FR 12904   
RFI Reopening of Comment Period End  03/26/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
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