September 2, 2011

Proposed Rule for Proximity Detection Systems Instead of Emergency Temporary Standard, MSHA Holding Public Hearings

Editor’s Note:  MSHA deserves praise for modifying their regulatory plans in order to adhere to President Obama’s Executive Order on regulatory review. 

MSHA has issued for public comment “a proposed rule requiring that continuous mining machines used in underground coal mines be equipped with proximity detection systems. Proximity detection refers to a technology that can be installed on mining machinery to detect the presence of personnel or other machinery within a certain distance. These systems can be programmed to send warning signals and stop machine movement when the programmed areas are breached.”

Comments on the proposed rule are due by November 14, 2011.

MSHA explained that consistent “with the principles in the president’s Executive Order on Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, MSHA is proposing a rule instead of issuing a scheduled emergency temporary standard to provide opportunity for public participation prior to implementation. During the comment period, which will close on Nov. 14, MSHA will hold public hearings in Denver, Colo., on Oct. 18; Charleston, W.Va., on Oct. 20; and Washington, Pa., on Oct. 25.”

The MSHA Press Release may be found here.

The proposed Proximity Detection rule may be found here.

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