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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB90 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Retrospective Study of Respirable Coal Mine Dust Rule 

In the preamble to MSHA’s final rule titled Lowering Miners’ Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors (CPDMs) published in 2014, MSHA committed to take the lead in conducting a retrospective study of the rule to assess whether it achieves MSHA’s goals of reducing and maintaining respirable coal mine dust levels to protect miners from black lung, a disabling occupational lung disease.  However, due to the latency between exposure and disease, MSHA likely will not be able to evaluate the health effects of the rule for a decade or more.  In this Request for Information, MSHA is soliciting stakeholder comments, data, and information to assist the Agency in developing the framework for this study to assess the impact of the Dust rule on lowering coal miners’ exposures to respirable coal mine dust to improve miners’ health.  In addition, as part of the Agency’s ongoing effort to provide compliance and technical assistance to mine operators and miners, MSHA is soliciting information and data on engineering controls and best practices that lower miners’ exposure to respirable coal mine dust.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: None     (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
Request for Information (RFI)  07/09/2018  83 FR 31710   
RFI Comment Period Extension  07/03/2019  84 FR 31809   
RFI Comment Period End  07/09/2019 
RFI Comment Period Extension End  07/09/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  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