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The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is accepting comments on petitions by coal mine operators who seek to change mandatory safety standards.MSHA is accepting comments on the petitions filed by four coal mine operators until June 16, 2008, according to a Federal Register notice posted on May 16, 2008.The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act allows mine operators, or miners’ representatives, to file a petition to modify any mandatory safety standard to a coal, or other mine if an alternative method of achieving the same safety standard exists and provides the same level protection, MSHA says. The companies, their addresses, the mines at which safety changes are sought, their identifying docket numbers and the changes are:
Comments can be filed by several methods including the U.S. Postal Service, electronically, facsimile or by hand delivery or courier service. When submitting comments by the U.S. Postal System, by hand delivery, or by courier service, they can be sent to, or dropped off at MSHA Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2349, Arlington, Va. 22209, Attention: Patricia Silvey, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. Remember to include the MSHA docket number for each petition being commented on.Comments can also be filed electronically at Standards-Petitions@dol.gov, when using this method, include the docket number in the subject line. Comments can also be submitted by facsimile at (202) 693-9441.J.J. Smith is Safety and Security writer for SHRM Online.
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