Slope and Shaft Sinking Plans, 30 CFR 77.1900 (Pertains to the Surface Work Areas of Underground Coal Mines)

ICR 201612-1219-003

OMB: 1219-0019

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1219-0019 201612-1219-003
Historical Active 201311-1219-001
Slope and Shaft Sinking Plans, 30 CFR 77.1900 (Pertains to the Surface Work Areas of Underground Coal Mines)
Extension without change of a currently approved collection   No
Approved without change 03/14/2017
Retrieve Notice of Action (NOA) 02/10/2017
  Inventory as of this Action Requested Previously Approved
03/31/2020 36 Months From Approved 03/31/2017
80 0 68
1,600 0 1,360
60 0 51

Section 103(h) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), 30 U.S.C. § 813, authorizes MSHA to collect information necessary to carry out its duty in protecting the safety and health of miners. Title 30 C.F.R. § 77.1900 requires underground coal mine operators to submit for approval a plan that will provide for the safety of workmen in each slope or shaft that is commenced or extended from the surface to the underground coal mine. Each slope or shaft sinking operation is unique in that each operator uses different methods and equipment and encounters different geological strata which make it impossible for a single set of regulations to ensure the safety of the miners under all circumstances. This makes an individual slope or shaft sinking plan necessary. The plan must be consistent with prudent engineering design. Plans include the name and location of the mine; name and address of the mine operator; a description of the construction work and methods to be used in construction of the slope or shaft, and whether all or part of the work will be performed by a contractor; the elevation, depth and dimensions of the slope or shaft; the location and elevation of the coalbed; the general characteristics of the strata through which the slope or shaft will be developed; the type of equipment which the operator proposes to use; the system of ventilation to be used; and safeguards for the prevention of caving during excavation.

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

Not associated with rulemaking

  81 FR 68064 10/03/2016
82 FR 10406 02/10/2017

IC Title Form No. Form Name
Slope and Shaft Sinking Plans

  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 80 68 0 0 12 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 1,600 1,360 0 0 240 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 60 51 0 0 9 0
The burden hour increase of 240 hours (from 1,360 hours to 1,600 hours) and the associated costs is due to an increase in the number of shaft and slope projects. MSHA records show that there were more shafts and slopes under construction during the year 2015 than 2012. The increase in projects, and therefore plans, increased the responses from 68 to 80. There was also a cost burden increase (from $51 to $60) resulting from a mixture of the increased responses, increased electronic submissions, and updated wage costs.

Nicole Bouchet 202 646-2814 [email protected]


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