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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines

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The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, “Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines,” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited.


The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before September 3, 2015.


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 free of charge from the Web site at​public/​do/​PRAViewICR?​ref_​nbr=​201410-1219-002 (this link will only become active on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at

Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-MSHA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-5806 (this is not a toll-free number); or by email: Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; or by email:

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Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at

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Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

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This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for the Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines information collection requirements codified in regulations 30 CFR part 75. The MSHA requires a mine operator to provide important safety and health protection to an underground coal miner who works on and around diesel-powered equipment. 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. In addition, diesel equipment operating in an underground coal mine 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 pertains to diesel equipment maintenance and use; tests and maintenance of fire suppression systems on both the equipment and at fueling stations; and exhaust gas sampling. Records are required to document essential testing and maintenance of diesel-powered equipment are conducted regularly by a qualified person; any corrective action is taken; and a person performing covered maintenance, repairs, examinations, or tests is trained and qualified to perform such tasks.

The subject information collection requirements are found in regulations 30 CFR 75.1901(a), Diesel fuel requirements; 75.1904(b)(4)(i), Underground diesel fuel tanks and safety cans; 75.1906(d), Transport of diesel fuel; 75.1911(j), Fire suppression systems for diesel-powered equipment and fuel transportation units; 75.1912(i), Fire suppression systems for permanent underground diesel fuel storage facilities; 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. Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 sections 801(a) and 803(h) authorize this information collection. See 30 U.S.C. 811(a), 813(h).

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 that does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection under Control Number 1205-0119.

OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2015. The DOL seeks to extend PRA authorization for this information collection for three (3) more years, without any change to existing requirements. The DOL notes that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For additional substantive information Start Printed Page 46339about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on May 11, 2015 (80 FR 26952).

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 thirty (30) days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1219-0119. 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.

Agency: DOL-MSHA.

Title of Collection: Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines.

OMB Control Number: 1219-0119.

Affected Public: Private Sector—businesses or other for-profits.

Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 151.

Total Estimated Number of Responses: 177,659.

Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 14,422 hours.

Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $322,624.

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Dated: July 29, 2015.

Michel Smyth,

Departmental Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2015-19038 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am]