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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB89 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Alternatives to Petitions for Modification: Non-Permissible Surveying Equipment 

MSHA proposes to allow the use of electronic surveying equipment in underground mines if the equipment meets certain technical specifications and is operated under certain conditions.  This proposal would codify technical specifications and working conditions in standards, so that mine operators choosing to use electronic surveying equipment would no longer need to submit a petition for modification.  By allowing the use of electronic surveying equipment, this proposed rule would make mine-surveying more accurate and less time-consuming, while maintaining safety at underground mines.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 75   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 811   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM (Non-Permissible Surveying Equipment)  10/00/2024 
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:
S. Aromie Noe
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