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Technical Study Panel on the Utilization of Belt Air and the Composition and Fire Retardant Properties of Belt Materials in Underground Coal Mining

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Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Labor.


Notice of meeting.


This notice informs interested persons of the second meeting of the Technical Study Panel (Panel) on the Utilization of Belt Air and the Composition and Fire Retardant Start Printed Page 11380Properties of Belt Materials in Underground Coal Mining. The public is invited to attend.


The meeting will be held March 28-March 30, 2007. The meetings on March 28-29, 2007 will start at 9 a.m. each day and conclude by 5 p.m. The meeting on March 30, 2007 will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude no later than 1 p.m.


The meeting location is the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport, 8256 University Blvd., Coraopolis, PA 15108-2591 (telephone: 412-262-3600).

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Patricia W. Silvey, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, Mine Safety and Health Administration, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2330, Arlington, Virginia 22209; (Internet e-mail), 202-693-9440 (voice), or 202-693-9441 (facsimile).

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The Panel was created under section 11 of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-236). The purpose of the Panel is to provide independent scientific and engineering review and recommendations concerning the utilization of belt air and the composition and fire retardant properties of belt materials in underground coal mining. By December 2007, the Panel must submit a report to the Secretaries of Labor and Health and Human Services, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. The first meeting of the Panel was held in Washington, DC on January 9-10, 2007.

The agenda for the second meeting will include:

(1) Belt conveyor material issues: flammability and toxicity.

(2) Discussion: panel of belt manufacturers.

(3) General discussion: ventilation, dust control, and escape issues.

(4) Discussion: 1992 Belt Air Advisory Committee report.

(5) Public input: The panel will allocate time at the end of the day on March 28 and March 29 for presentations by members of the public. MSHA expects the amount of time allocated for public participation to be approximately one hour, but it may vary based on the interest expressed. MSHA will also accept written submissions.

MSHA requests that persons planning to participate in the public input session of this meeting notify the Agency at least one week prior to the meeting date. There will be an opportunity for other persons, who have not made prior arrangements with MSHA and wish to speak, to register at the beginning of the meeting on March 28. Speakers should limit their presentations to five minutes, but may supplement oral remarks with written submissions. MSHA will incorporate written submissions into the official record and make them available to the public. The Panel Chairman will moderate the public participation session, and panelists may ask the speakers questions.

The public may inspect the official record of the meetings at the MSHA address listed above. In addition, the information will be posted on the Agency's single source Web page titled “The Technical Study Panel on the Utilization of Belt Air and the Composition and Fire Retardant Properties of Belt Materials in Underground Coal Mining Single Source Page.” The Single Source page is located at​BeltAir/​BeltAir.asp.

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Dated: March 8, 2007.

Richard E. Stickler,

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.

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[FR Doc. 07-1177 Filed 3-9-07; 9:41 am]