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Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 100 / Wednesday, May 23, 2018 / Notices

the protection of life and prevention of
injuries in coal or other mines.
Methane is a flammable gas found in
underground mines in the United
States. Although methane is often
associated with underground coal
mines, it also occurs in some metal and
nonmetal mines. Underground metal
and nonmetal mines are categorized
according to the potential to liberate
methane (30 CFR 57.22003—Mine
category or subcategory). Methane is a
colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, and it
tends to rise to the roof of a mine
because it is lighter than air. Although
methane itself is nontoxic, its presence
reduces the oxygen content by dilution
when mixed with air and, consequently,
can act as an asphyxiant when present
in large quantities.
Methane may enter the mining
environment from a variety of sources
including fractures, faults, or shear
zones overlying or underlying the strata
that surround the ore body, or from the
ore body itself. It may occur as an
occluded gas within the ore body.
Methane mixed with air is explosive in
the range of 5 to 15 percent, provided
that 12 percent or more oxygen is
present. The presence of dust containing
volatile matter in the mine atmosphere
may further enhance the explosion
potential of methane in a mine. Section
103(i) of Mine Act requires additional
inspections be conducted at mines
depending on the amount of methane
liberated from a mine.
Title 30 CFR 57.22004(c) requires
operators of underground metal and
nonmetal mines to notify MSHA as soon
as possible if any of the following events
occur: (a) There is an outburst that
results in 0.25 percent or more methane
in the mine atmosphere, (b) there is a
blowout that results in 0.25 percent or
more methane in the mine atmosphere,
(c) there is an ignition of methane, or (d)
air sample results indicate 0.25 percent
or more methane in the mine
atmosphere of a I–B, I–C, II–B, V–B, or
Category VI mine. Under sections
57.22239 and 57.22231, if methane
reaches 2.0 percent in a Category IV
mine or if methane reaches 0.25 percent
in the mine atmosphere of a
Subcategory I–B, II–B, V–B, or VI mine,
MSHA shall be notified immediately.
Although the standards do not specify
how MSHA is to be notified, MSHA
anticipates that the notifications would
be made by telephone.
Title 30 CFR 57.22229 and 57.22230
require that the mine atmosphere be
tested for methane and/or carbon
dioxide at least once every seven days
by a competent person or atmospheric
monitoring system or a combination of
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underground metal and nonmetal mines
categorized as I–A, III, and V–A mines
where the atmosphere is tested for both
methane and carbon dioxide. Section
57.22230 applies to underground metal
and nonmetal mines categorized as II–
A mines where the atmosphere is tested
for methane. Where examinations
disclose hazardous conditions, affected
miners must be informed. Title 30 CFR
57.22229(d) and 57.22230(c) require that
the person performing the tests certify
by signature and date that the tests have
been conducted. Certifications of
examinations shall be kept for at least
one year and made available to
authorized representatives of the
Secretary of Labor.
II. Desired Focus of Comments
MSHA is soliciting comments
concerning the proposed information
collection related to Notification of
Methane Detected in Underground
Metal and Nonmetal Mine Atmospheres.
MSHA is particularly interested in
comments that:
• Evaluate whether the collection of
information is necessary for the proper
performance of the functions of the
agency, including whether the
information has practical utility;
• Evaluate the accuracy of MSHA’s
estimate of the burden of the collection
of information, including the validity of
the methodology and assumptions used;
• Suggest methods to enhance the
quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected; and
• Minimize the burden of the
collection of information on those who
are to respond, including through the
use of appropriate automated,
electronic, mechanical, or other
technological collection techniques or
other forms of information technology,
e.g., permitting electronic submission of
responses.
The information collection request
will be available on http://
www.regulations.gov. MSHA cautions
the commenter against providing any
information in the submission that
should not be publicly disclosed. Full
comments, including personal
information provided, will be made
available on www.regulations.gov and
www.reginfo.gov.
The public may also examine publicly
available documents at USDOL-Mine
Safety and Health Administration, 201
12th South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, VA
22202–5452. Sign in at the receptionist’s
desk on the 4th floor via the East
elevator.
Questions about the information
collection requirements may be directed
to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION section of this notice.

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III. Current Actions
This request for collection of
information contains provisions for
Notification of Methane Detected in
Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mine
Atmospheres. MSHA has updated the
data with respect to the number of
respondents, responses, burden hours,
and burden costs supporting this
information collection request.
Type of Review: Extension, without
change, of a currently approved
collection.
Agency: Mine Safety and Health
Administration.
OMB Number: 1219–0103.
Affected Public: Business or other forprofit.
Number of Respondents: 4.
Frequency: On occasion.
Number of Responses: 213.
Annual Burden Hours: 19 hours.
Annual Respondent or Recordkeeper
Cost: $0.
Comments submitted in response to
this notice will be summarized and
included in the request for Office of
Management and Budget approval of the
information collection request; they will
also become a matter of public record.
Sheila McConnell,
Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018–11038 Filed 5–22–18; 8:45 am]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration
[OMB Control No. 1219–0119]

Proposed Extension of Information
Collection; [Diesel-Powered Equipment
in Underground Coal Mines
Mine Safety and Health
Administration, Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
AGENCY:

The Department of Labor, as
part of its continuing effort to reduce
paperwork and respondent burden,
conducts a pre-clearance consultation
program to provide the general public
and Federal agencies with an
opportunity to comment on proposed
collections of information in accordance
with the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995. This program helps to ensure that
requested data can be provided in the
desired format, reporting burden (time
and financial resources) is minimized,
collection instruments are clearly
understood, and the impact of collection
requirements on respondents can be
properly assessed. Currently, the Mine
Safety and Health Administration
(MSHA) is soliciting comments on the

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information collection for DieselPowered Equipment in Underground
Coal Mines.
DATES: All comments must be received
on or before July 23, 2018.
ADDRESSES: Comments concerning the
information collection requirements of
this notice may be sent by any of the
methods listed below.
• Federal E-Rulemaking Portal:
http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the
on-line instructions for submitting
comments for docket number MSHA–
2018–0008.
• Regular Mail: Send comments to
USDOL–MSHA, Office of Standards,
Regulations, and Variances, 201 12th
Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington,
VA 22202–5452.
• Hand Delivery: USDOL-Mine Safety
and Health Administration, 201 12th
Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington,
VA 22202–5452. Sign in at the
receptionist’s desk on the 4th floor via
the East elevator.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sheila McConnell, Director, Office of
Standards, Regulations, and Variances,
MSHA, at
[email protected]
(email); (202) 693–9440 (voice); or (202)
693–9441 (facsimile).
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Background
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 in protecting the
safety and health of miners. Further,
section 101(a) of the Mine Act, 30 U.S.C.
811, authorizes the Secretary of Labor
(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.
MSHA requires mine operators to
provide important safety and health
protections to underground coal miners
who work on and around dieselpowered 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.
Information collection requirements
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fuel requirements; section 75.1911 (j)
Fire suppression systems for dieselpowered equipment and fuel
transportation units; section 75.1912 (i)
Fire suppression systems for permanent
underground diesel fuel storage
facilities; sections 75.1914(f)(1), (f)(2),
(g)(5), (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.
II. Desired Focus of Comments
MSHA is soliciting comments
concerning the proposed information
collection related to Diesel-Powered
Equipment in Underground Coal Mines.
MSHA is particularly interested in
comments that:
• Evaluate whether the collection of
information is necessary for the proper
performance of the functions of the
agency, including whether the
information has practical utility;
• Evaluate the accuracy of MSHA’s
estimate of the burden of the collection
of information, including the validity of
the methodology and assumptions used;
• Suggest methods to enhance the
quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected; and
• Minimize the burden of the
collection of information on those who
are to respond, including through the
use of appropriate automated,
electronic, mechanical, or other
technological collection techniques or
other forms of information technology,
e.g., permitting electronic submission of
responses.
The information collection request
will be available on http://
www.regulations.gov. MSHA cautions
the commenter against providing any
information in the submission that
should not be publicly disclosed. Full
comments, including personal
information provided, will be made
available on www.regulations.gov and
www.reginfo.gov.
The public may also examine publicly
available documents at USDOL-Mine
Safety and Health Administration, 201
12th South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, VA
22202–5452. Sign in at the receptionist’s
desk on the 4th floor via the East
elevator.
Questions about the information
collection requirements may be directed
to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION section of this notice.
III. Current Actions
This request for collection of
information contains provisions for
Diesel-Powered Equipment in
Underground Coal Mines. MSHA has
updated the data with respect to the

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number of respondents, responses,
burden hours, and burden costs
supporting this information collection
request.
Type of Review: Extension, without
change, of a currently approved
collection.
Agency: Mine Safety and Health
Administration.
OMB Number: 1219–0119.
Affected Public: Business or other forprofit.
Number of Respondents: 112.
Frequency: On occasion.
Number of Responses: 161,209.
Annual Burden Hours: 13,080 hours.
Annual Respondent or Recordkeeper
Cost: $299,460.
Comments submitted in response to
this notice will be summarized and
included in the request for Office of
Management and Budget approval of the
information collection request; they will
also become a matter of public record.
Sheila McConnell,
Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018–11039 Filed 5–22–18; 8:45 am]
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NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS
ADMINISTRATION
[NARA–2018–038]

Records Schedules; Availability and
Request for Comments
National Archives and Records
Administration (NARA).
ACTION: Notice of availability of
proposed records schedules; request for
comments.
AGENCY:

The National Archives and
Records Administration (NARA)
publishes notice at least once monthly
of certain Federal agency requests for
records disposition authority (records
schedules). Once approved by NARA,
records schedules provide mandatory
instructions on what happens to records
when agencies no longer need them for
current Government business. The
records schedules authorize agencies to
preserve records of continuing value in
the National Archives of the United
States and to destroy, after a specified
period, records lacking administrative,
legal, research, or other value. NARA
publishes notice in the Federal Register
for records schedules in which agencies
propose to destroy records they no
longer need to conduct agency business.
NARA invites public comments on such
records schedules.
DATES: NARA must receive requests for
copies in writing by June 22, 2018. Once
NARA finishes appraising the records,
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