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August 16, 2010 — Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Metal and Nonmetal Damsf

This is a notification that tomorrow, August 13, 2008, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will publish an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Metal and Nonmetal Dams.

Dam failures at metal and nonmetal mines have exposed miners to life-threatening hazards. The Mine Safety and Health Administration is reviewing its existing metal and nonmetal standards for dams. The Agency is concerned that some dams pose hazards because they are not designed, constructed, operated, and maintained to accepted dam safety practices. MSHA is considering approaches to better protect miners from the hazards of dam failures and is soliciting information to help determine how best to proceed. MSHA is asking interested parties to comment on measures to assure that mine operators design, construct, operate and maintain dams to protect miners against the hazards of a dam failure.

More information about the ANPRM can be found at www.msha.gov. Comments are due by 10-12-2010.

For any questions about this notification, please feel free to contact Charmaine Manansala in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at 202.693.4600 or via email at manansala.charmaine@dol.gov.