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Start Preamble April 23, 2003.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted the following public information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). A copy of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling the Department of Labor. To obtain documentation, contact Darrin King on (202) 693-4129 or E-Mail:

Comments should be sent to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for MSHA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503 (202) 395-7316), within 30 days from the date of this publication in the Federal Register.

The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
  • 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.

Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

Title: Miner Operator Dust Cards.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

OMB Number: 1219-0011.

Frequency: On occasion; annually; and bi-monthly.

Type of Response: Recordkeeping; reporting; and third party disclosure.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Number of Respondents: 1,049.

RequirementAnnual responsesFrequencyAverage response time (hours)Annual burden hours
Mine Operator Duct Data Cards39,000Bi-monthlysee belowsee below
Prepare and Approve Sampler Unit (28,000):Bi-monthly0.833323,332
Operational Checks/Monitoring (39,000):Bi-monthly0.176,630
Complete Data Card (39,000)Bi-monthly0.259,750
Sampling by Contractor2,600Bi-monthly00
Reporting of Sampling Dates400On occasion1400
Dust Sampling Certification:
Training and Exam160On occasion81,280
Exam Only40On occasion1.560
Status Change Reports3,800On occasion0.421,596
Dust Control Plan (30 CFR 71.300):
New Plans24On occasion372
Revised Plans5On occasion1.256
Copy and Mailing Plann/aOn occasion0.175
Posting of Dust Control Plan29On occasion0.257
Dust Control Plan (30 CFR 90.300):
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New Plans1On occasion33
Revised Plans1On occasion1.251
Copy and Mailing Plann/aOn occasion0.170.0
Providing Dust Control Plan to Part 90 Miners2On occasion0.421

Total Annualized capital/startup costs: $1,009,454.

Total annual costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): $1,714,547.

Description: 30 CFR, 70.201(c), 71.201(c), and 90.201(c), authorizes the District Manager to require the mine operator to submit the date on which sampling will begin. Only a certified person is allowed to conduct the respirable dust sampling required by these parts.

Sections 70.202(b), 71.202(b), and 90.202(b), requires that the person must pass the MSHA examination on sampling of respirable coal mine dust.

Sections 70.220(a), 71.220(a), requires the operator to report status changes to MSHA in writing within 3 working days after the status change has occurred.

Sections 70.209, 71.209, and 90.209, requires persons who are certified by MSHA to take respirable dust samples to complete the dust data card that accompanies each sample being submitted for analysis.

Sections 71.300 and 90.300 require a coal mine operator to submit to MSHA for approval a written respirable dust control plan with 15 calendar days after the termination data of a citation for violation of the applicable dust standard.

Section 71.301(d) requires the respirable dust control plan to be posted on the mine bulletin board however, 90.301(d) prohibits posting of the dust control plan for part-90 miners and, instead, requires a copy be provided to the affected part-90 miner.

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Ira L. Mills,

Departmental Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 03-10863 Filed 5-1-03; 8:45 am]