Notification of Methane Detected in Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mine Atmospheres

ICR 202103-1219-004

OMB: 1219-0103

Federal Form Document

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Document
Name
Status
Supporting Statement A
2021-10-28
Supplementary Document
2021-10-20
IC Document Collections
ICR Details
1219-0103 202103-1219-004
Received in OIRA 201801-1219-001
DOL/MSHA
Notification of Methane Detected in Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mine Atmospheres
Extension without change of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 11/24/2021
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved 02/28/2022
319 213
28 19
0 0

Title 30 CFR 57.22004(c) requires operators of underground M/NM mines to notify the Mine Safety and Health Administration (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 §§ 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 both. Section 57.2229 applies to underground M/NM 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 M/NM 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.

US Code: 30 USC 811 Name of Law: Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act)
   US Code: 30 USC 813(h) Name of Law: Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act)
  
None

Not associated with rulemaking

  86 FR 30987 06/10/2021
86 FR 67089 11/24/2021
No

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IC Title Form No. Form Name
Notification of Methane Detected in Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mine Atmospheres

  Total Request 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 319 213 0 0 106 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 28 19 0 0 9 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
No
No
Respondents, responses, and burden hours all increased due to increase in respondents. The burden costs remained the same at zero. Respondents Increased (from 4 to 6) Responses Increased (from 213 to 319) Burden Hours Increased (from 19 to 28) Burden Costs No change (from $0 to $0)

$1,791
No
    No
    No
No
No
No
No
Nicole Bouchet 202 646-2814 [email protected]

  No

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).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
 
 
 
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.
11/24/2021


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