Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines

ICR 201803-1219-002

OMB: 1219-0119

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1219-0119 201803-1219-002
Active 201410-1219-002
Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines
Extension without change of a currently approved collection   No
Approved without change 02/11/2019
Retrieve Notice of Action (NOA) 11/01/2018
  Inventory as of this Action Requested Previously Approved
02/28/2022 36 Months From Approved 02/28/2019
161,209 0 177,659
13,080 0 14,422
299,460 0 322,624

MSHA requires mine operators to provide important safety and health protections to underground coal miners who work on and around diesel-powered equipment. The engines powering diesel equipment are potential contributors to fires and explosion hazards in the confined environment of an underground coal mine where combustible coal dust and explosive methane gas are present. Diesel equipment operating in underground coal mines also can pose serious health risks to miners from exposure to diesel exhaust emissions, including diesel particulates, oxides of nitrogen, and carbon monoxide. Diesel exhaust is a lung carcinogen in animals. This information collection includes maintenance and use of diesel equipment; tests and maintenance of fire suppression systems on both the equipment and at fueling stations; and exhaust gas sampling. Records are required to document that essential testing and maintenance of diesel- powered equipment are conducted regularly by qualified persons; that corrective actions are taken; and the persons performing the maintenance, repairs, examinations, and tests are trained and qualified to perform such tasks. Safety requirements for diesel equipment include many of the proven features required in existing standards for electric-powered mobile equipment, such as cabs or canopies, methane monitors, brakes and lights. Sampling of diesel exhaust emissions is required to protect miners from overexposure to carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide contained in diesel exhaust. Information collection requirements are found in: section 75.1901(a), Diesel fuel requirements; section 75.1904(b)(4)(i), Underground diesel fuel tanks and safety cans; Section 75.1906(d), Transport of diesel fuel; section 75.1911(j), Fire suppression systems for diesel-powered equipment and fuel transportation units; section 75.1912(i), Fire suppression systems for permanent underground diesel fuel storage facilities; sections 75.1914(f)(2), (g), (h)(1), and (h)(2), Maintenance of diesel-powered equipment; sections 75.1915(b)(5), (c)(1), and (c)(2), Training and qualification of persons working on diesel-powered equipment.

US Code: 30 USC 811 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

  83 FR 23944 05/23/2018
83 FR 58628 11/01/2018

IC Title Form No. Form Name
Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines

  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 161,209 177,659 0 0 -16,450 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 13,080 14,422 0 0 -1,342 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 299,460 322,624 0 0 -23,164 0
The number of respondents decreased due to a reduction in the total number of active underground coal mines which includes a reduction of the number of active mines using diesel-powered equipment (from 151 mines to 112). The numbers of affected mines and the total pieces of diesel-powered equipment have decreased. Respondents: Decrease of 39 (from 151 to 112) Responses: Decrease of 16,450 (from 177,659 to 161,209) Burden Hours: Decrease of 1,342 (from 14,422 to 13,080) Cost: Decrease of $23,164 (from $322,624 to $299,460)

Nicole Bouchet 202 646-2814 [email protected]


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