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MSHA News Release: [11/10/2010]
Contact Name: Amy Louviere
Phone Number: (202) 693-9423
Release Number: 10-1576-NAT

MSHA announces it will hold 6 public hearings on coal mine dust rule

ARLINGTON, Va.The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that it will hold six public hearings on the proposed rule "Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors." The notice will be available in the Federal Register on Nov. 15. The proposed rule was published Oct. 19 and is available at http://www.msha.gov/REGS/FEDREG/PROPOSED/2010Prop/2010-25249.pdf.

"This proposed rule would significantly improve health protections for underground and surface coal miners by reducing their occupational exposure to respirable coal mine dust," said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "It will lower the risk that they will suffer material impairment of health or functional capacity over their working lives."

Each of the public hearings will begin at 9 a.m. local time and end after the last presenter speaks, but no later than 5 p.m., on the following dates at the locations indicated:

Dec. 7, 2010

National Mine Health and Safety Academy

Beaver, W.Va.

Dec. 9, 2010

The George Washington Hotel

Washington, Pa.

Jan. 11, 2011

Marriott Evansville Airport

Evansville, Ind.

Jan. 13, 2011

Sheraton Birmingham

Birmingham, Ala.

Jan. 25, 2011

Marriott Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah

Jan. 27, 2011

Mine Safety and Health Administration Headquarters

Arlington, Va.

Each hearing will begin with an opening statement from MSHA, followed by an opportunity for members of the public to make oral presentations. A written request is not required to speak; however, individuals and representatives of organizations wishing to speak are encouraged to notify MSHA in advance for scheduling purposes by calling 202-693-9440.

MSHA will accept post-hearing written comments and other appropriate information for the record from any interested party, including those not presenting oral statements. Comments must be received by midnight EST on Feb. 28, 2011.