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Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

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Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.


Announcement of public stakeholder meetings.


The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the dates and locations of public stakeholder meetings on the Agency's standards for Examinations Of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines.


The meeting dates and locations are listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.


Federal Register Publications: Access rulemaking documents electronically at​regsinfo.htm or [Docket Number: MSHA-2014-0030].

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Sheila A. McConnell, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, MSHA, at (email), 202-693-9440 (voice), or 202-693-9441 (fax). These are not toll-free numbers.

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I. Stakeholder Meetings

MSHA will hold six public meetings to inform and educate the mining community on the requirements of the Metal and Nonmetal Examinations of Working Places final rule, which is effective June 2, 2018. At the meetings, MSHA will provide training and compliance assistance materials to attendees. The public meetings will begin at 9 a.m. and end not later than 5 p.m., on the following dates at the locations indicated:

Date/timeLocationContact No.
May 1, 2018, 9 a.mDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington, 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington, Illinois 61701309-664-6446
May 15, 2018, 9 a.mSheraton Birmingham Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N,, Birmingham, Alabama 35203205-324-5000
May 17, 2018, 9 a.mHilton Garden Inn, Pittsburgh Downtown, 250 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222412-281-5557
May 22, 2018, 9 a.mRenaissance Reno Downtown Hotel, One South Lake Street, Reno, Nevada 89501775-682-3900
May 24, 2018, 9 a.mDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas—Market Center, 2015 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75207214-741-7481
May 31, 2018, 9 a.mHilton Garden Inn Denver Tech Center, 7675 East Union Ave., Denver, Colorado 80237303-770-4200

II. Background

On January 23, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration published a final rule (January 2017 rule) amending the standards then in effect on examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines, 30 CFR 56.18002 and 57.18002 (82 FR 7680). The January 2017 final rule, which was scheduled to become effective on May 23, 2017, was stayed until June 2, 2018 (82 FR 46411). On September 12, 2017, MSHA published a proposed rule that would make limited changes to the January 2017 final rule (82 FR 42765). The final rule, which is published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, is effective on June 2, 2018.

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David G. Zatezalo,

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.

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[FR Doc. 2018-07083 Filed 4-6-18; 8:45 am]