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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB89 Publication ID: Spring 2019 
Title: Alternatives to Petitions for Modification: Non-Permissible Surveying Equipment 

In accordance with Executive Order 13771, Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs, and Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, MSHA sought comment on existing regulations that could be revised to include alternatives to safety standards which MSHA typically approves in Petitions for Modification submitted by mine operators.  Incorporating alternatives into existing regulations would save costs incurred by mine operators who submit such Petitions.  MSHA’s first action will be to consider for direct final rule and/or proposed rulemaking on the use of non-permissible surveying equipment in underground coal mines. This is an ongoing effort and MSHA continues to accept public stakeholder input on existing regulations that could be revised to include alternatives to safety standards.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 811   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Direct Final Rule--Non-permissible Surveying Equipment  09/00/2019 
NPRM--Non-permissible Surveying Equipment  09/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  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