Respirable Coal Mine Dust Sampling

ICR 201406-1219-002

OMB: 1219-0011

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Supplementary Document
Supporting Statement A
Supplementary Document
IC Document Collections
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ICR Details
1219-0011 201406-1219-002
Historical Active 201206-1219-002
Respirable Coal Mine Dust Sampling
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Approved without change 05/03/2016
Retrieve Notice of Action (NOA) 12/01/2015
  Inventory as of this Action Requested Previously Approved
05/31/2019 36 Months From Approved 05/31/2016
1,704,366 0 63,193
94,478 0 8,571
40,967 0 44,065

The title of the information collection is being changed from "Mine Operator Dust Data Card" to "Respirable Coal Mine Dust Sampling" to more accurately reflect the type of information that is collected. Section 103(h) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), 30 U.S.C. § 813(h), authorizes MSHA to collect information necessary to carry out its duty to protect the safety and health of miners. Further, Section 101(a) of the Mine Act, 30 U.S.C. 811(a), authorizes the Secretary to develop, promulgate, and revise as may be appropriate, improved mandatory health or safety standards for the protection of life and prevention of injuries in coal or other mines. The existing standards provide that each coal mine operator sample bimonthly the designated occupations or work locations of the mine and submit these samples to MSHA for analysis to determine if the mine is complying with the applicable dust standards.

US Code: 30 USC 811(a) Name of Law: Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977
   US Code: 30 USC 813(h) Name of Law: Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977

Not associated with rulemaking

  80 FR 55874 09/17/2015
80 FR 75582 11/30/2015

IC Title Form No. Form Name
Respirable Coal Mine Dust Sampling MSHA-NA Mine Operator Coal Dust Operator Data Card

  Total Approved Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 1,704,366 63,193 0 1,641,173 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 94,478 8,571 0 85,907 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 40,967 44,065 0 -3,098 0 0
Miscellaneous Actions
Respondents: MSHA estimates that the number of respondents have increased from 800 to 1,035 underground and surface coal mine operators. The increase is due to provisions added to this collection from the approved package ICR Reference Number, 201210-1219-002. In addition, under respirable coal mine dust sampling requirements that were in the previous ICR 1219-0011, not all surface coal mine operators were required to sample. As a result, the previous ICR did not include all surface coal mine operators. However, this ICR package includes all surface coal mine operators because now they are required to sample for respirable coal mine dust. Thus, the number of responses, hours and costs has increased. Responses: MSHA estimates that annual responses have increased from 69,135 to 1,704,366. Burden Hours: MSHA estimates that annual burden hours have increased from 8,571 to 94,478. Costs: MSHA estimates that annual burden costs have decreased from $44,065 to $40,967.

Nicole Bouchet 202 646-2814 [email protected]


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
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    (ii) Use of information;
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