The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) revision titled, “Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines,” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).
Submit comments on or before May 29, 2012.
A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained from the RegInfo.gov Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain, on the day following publication of this notice or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or sending an email to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-MSHA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Telephone: 202-395-6929/Fax: 202-395-6881 (these are not toll-free numbers), email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
MSHA regulations mandate each underground coal mine to have an emergency response plan and refuge alternative(s) to protect miners by providing secure spaces with isolated atmospheres that create life-sustaining environments when escape from a mine during a mine emergency is not possible. See 30 CFR 75.1506(c)(2), 75-1507, and 75-1508(a) and (b). This ICR covers the refuge alternatives portion of emergency response plans and records for training, examination, maintenance, and repair of refuge alternatives and components. This ICR has been classified as a revision under the PRA merely to acknowledge administrative decisions to transfer burden for some information collection requirements to other OMB Control Numbers. The agency has made no changes to the actual requirements.
This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the collection of information does not display a valid OMB Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection under Control Number 1219-0146. The current OMB approval is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2012; however, it should be noted that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For additional information, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on January 31, 2012 (77 FR 4834).
Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section within 30 days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should reference OMB Control Number 1219-0146. The OMB is particularly interested in comments that:
- 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.
Title of Collection: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines.
OMB Control Number: 1219-0146.
Affected Public: Private Sector—Businesses or Other For-Profits.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 55.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 127.
Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 951.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $218.
Dated: April 23, 2012.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-10164 Filed 4-26-12; 8:45 am]
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