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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB84 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines; Limited Reopening of the Record 

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: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 75   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 957    30 U.S.C. 811   
Legal Deadline:  None
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  10/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1219-AB58 
Agency Contact:
Roslyn B. Fontaine
Deputy Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
201 12th Street S, Suite 401,
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone:202 693-9440
Fax:202 693-9441