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MSHA Requests Info on Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines

Posted in on Mon, Aug 12, 2013

MSHA has published a request for information seeking data, comments, and information on issues and options relevant to miners’ escape and refuge that may present more effective solutions than the existing rule during underground coal mine emergencies.  The Agency continues to reiterate that in the event of an underground coal mine emergency, a miner should seek escape as the first line of defense.  Responses will assist MSHA in determining if changes to existing practices and regulations would improve the overall strategy for survivability, escape, and training to protect miners in an emergency. MSHA will review the comments to determine what actions, if any, the Agency will take in response to comments.  Comments are due October 7, 2013.

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