Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines

ICR 202103-1219-005

OMB: 1219-0119

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ICR Details
1219-0119 202103-1219-005
Received in OIRA 201803-1219-002
Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines
Extension without change of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 11/24/2021
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved 02/28/2022
172,599 161,209
14,002 13,080
312,294 299,460

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

  86 FR 32067 06/16/2021
86 FR 67087 11/24/2021

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

  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 172,599 161,209 0 0 11,390 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 14,002 13,080 0 0 922 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 312,294 299,460 0 0 12,834 0
The number of respondents increased due to an increase of the number of active mines using diesel-powered equipment (from 112 mines to 126). The total pieces of utilized diesel-powered equipment, responses, and hours have increased due to an increase in respondents. Respondents: Increase (from 112 to 126) Responses: Increase (from 161,209 to 172,599) Burden Hours: Increase (from 13,080 to 14,002) Cost: Increase (from $299,460 to $312,294)

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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