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Study of the Control of Respirable Coal Mine Dust Exposure in Underground Mines


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee will assess monitoring and sampling approaches for informing underground coal mine operators’ decision-making regarding the control of respirable coal mine dust and mine worker exposure. The committee will:

• Compare the monitoring technologies and sampling protocols (including sampling frequency) currently used or required in the United States, and in similarly industrialized countries for the control of respirable coal mine dust exposure in underground coal mines.

• Assess the effects of rock dust mixtures and their application, as required by current U.S. regulations, on respirable coal mine dust measurements.

• Assess the efficacy of current monitoring technologies and sampling approaches, and develop science-based conclusions regarding optimal monitoring and sampling strategies to aid mine operators’ decision making related to reducing respirable coal mine dust exposure to miners in underground coal mines.

The committee will identify important research gaps regarding monitoring and sampling protocols for controlling miners’ exposure to coal mine dust. It will not recommend changes to the requirements of the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA’s) final rule for lowering miners’ exposure to respirable coal mine dust, as the development of those requirements involves considerations beyond the scientific and technical focus of this study.

Status: Current

PIN: DELS-BESR-16-01

Project Duration (months): 24 month(s)

RSO: Wassel, Ray

Topic(s):

Earth Sciences
Energy and Energy Conservation
Engineering and Technology
Environment and Environmental Studies
Health and Medicine
Industry and Labor


Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 10/31/2016

Dr. Thure E. Cerling - (Chair)
Thure E. Cerling (NAS), Chair, is a Distinguished Professor of Geology and Geophysics and Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of Utah. His research focuses on near-surface processes and the geological record of ecological change, particularly using geochemical proxies to understand the physiology and paleodiets of mammals, using soils as indicators of climatological and ecological change over geological timescales, landscape evolution over the past several million years, and isotopes as used in forensic studies. Dr. Cerling currently serves on the National Academies Committee on Earth Resources and he previously has served on several National Academies committees, including the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (BESR), the U.S. Geodynamics Committee, and the U.S. National Committee for the International Union for Quaternary Research. He was a member of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board from 2002 - 2011. Dr. Cerling is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, and the International Association of Geochemistry. Dr. Cerling received a Ph.D. in geology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Dirk Dahmann
Dirk Dahmann has been technical director and head of the Department of Research and Development on dust and aerosols at the Institut für Gefahrstoff-Forschung (IGF) (Institute for Hazardous Substances), formerly Silikose-Forschungsinstitut until his retirement in October 2017. Dr. Dahmann’s research interests include: aerosols in working places, nanoparticles/ultrafine particles, exposure measurements, and sampling of dust and aerosols. He has written numerous publications about dust sampling and was actively involved in the German NanoCare project, which focused on the systematic investigation of nano-scaled materials, and several follow-up projects of German and/or European sponsorship. He is also active in research on silica, systematic exposure assessment on a scientific base, and exposure by diesel particles. Additionally, he has participated in several large international and national research programs within the scope of the EU coal and steel program from the late 1980s, as well as various national and international standardization committees. Dr. Dahmann has served on the advisory board of the Research Association for Diesel Emission Control Technologies (FAD) since 2003. He is head of the German standardization committee on dust measurement in workplace air and as such German speaker in the European Standardization committee TC 137 WG 3 (Workplace exposure). He has a Ph.D. in silicon-phosphorus-chemistry from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Dr. R. Larry Grayson
R. Larry Grayson was the George H., Jr., and Anne B. Deike Chair in Mining Engineering and Professor of Energy & Mineral Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University from July 2007 through June 2013. At Penn State, he oversaw the Mining Engineering program and the graduate program. For eight years previously, he was the Chair, Department of Mining & Nuclear Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR). During that time, he was the Director of the NIOSH-funded Western Mining Safety & Health Training and Translation Center for five years. Following the mine tragedies in 2006, Dr. Grayson chaired the Mine Safety Technology & Training Commission, which was established by the National Mining Association to do an independent study on current and future approaches to improve mine safety in the United States. Prior to going to UMR, he served in government as the first permanent Associate Director of the Office for Mine Safety & Health Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and managed the merger of former U.S. Bureau of Mines’ mine health and safety research functions into NIOSH. Dr. Grayson also has experience in the Pennsylvania coal mining industry, having worked as a United Mine Workers of America laborer and in various engineering and management positions, including as chief mining engineer and as superintendent of a 500-employee underground coal mine and surface facilities. In academia, he has been a professor, a chair, and a dean, and has published 174 technical articles, reports, and book chapters, including 62 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His publications largely focus on mine health and safety, including on underground coal mines, and mine management applications. Dr. Grayson is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and is a certified Mine Foreman and Mine Examiner in Pennsylvania. He received a Ph.D. in engineering from West Virginia University.
Dr. Braden Lusk
Braden T. Lusk is chair of the Mining and Nuclear Engineering Department at the Missouri University for Science and Technology. Previously, he was a Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of Kentucky. His research interests primarily focus on industrial/mine blasting and blast mitigation, including optimizing blasting operations for fragmentation, productivity, product selection, and environmental effects. His research specialties also include numerical modeling using physics-based models for high energy events, blast resistant testing and evaluation, and monitoring and analysis of vibrations for mining and industrial blasting. Dr. Lusk received the UK College of Engineering’s Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2014 and received the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Teacher in Mining Engineering Award seven times. Active in the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), Dr. Lusk has served on the ISEE board of directors since 2013 and currently serves as secretary. He received the ISEE President’s Award in 2012. Also in 2012, he received the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) Coal and Energy Division J.W. Woomer Award. Dr. Lusk earned a Ph.D. in mining engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Dr. Michael McCawley
Michael McCawley is the interim chair in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences at West Virginia University. He has taught at that university since 1979, with primary interests in air pollution, aerosols and occupational health. He has developed air sampling equipment and a pulmonary function test. Recently, he has been working on issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling and mountain top mining. Dr. McCawley serves as a member of the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee. He had spent more than 27 years as a Public Health Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, studying miners’ health, occupational respiratory disease, aerosol measurement and ultrafine particles. While there he worked on projects concerning exposure to wood dust, volcanic ash, diesels, coal mine dust, silica and beryllium. He retired from the US Public Health Service in 2001. Dr. McCawley has a M.S. in engineering from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in environmental health from New York University.
Dr. Raja V. Ramani
Raja V. Ramani (NAE) is an independent consultant, Emeritus Professor of Mining and Geo-Environmental Engineering, and Emeritus George H. Jr and Anne B. Deike Chair in Mining Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Ramani's research activities include flow mechanisms of air, gas, and dust through mining systems; innovative mining methods; simulation and mathematical programming; equipment selection; management issues of health, safety, productivity, costs, and human resource development; environmental monitoring; resource conservation; mined land reclamation; land use planning; and environmental site planning for underground and surface mining. Dr. Ramani's experience in mineral extension education has spanned more than 45 years including: planning, developing, directing, and conducting short courses for across academia and the public and private sectors. As a part of his research and consulting experiences, Dr. Ramani has visited mining operations in over 35 countries. He is active in several technical and professional societies and was the 1995 president of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). He has served on several expert panels for U.S. and State government agencies and as consultant to national and international agencies and mining companies world-wide on health, safety, productivity and environmental issues. He chaired the National Academies Committee on Underground Mine Disaster Survival and Rescue and the National Academies Committee to Review the NIOSH Mining Safety and Health Research Program. In addition, he has served as a member of the Panel on Technologies for the Mining Industry, Committee on the Study on Preventing Coal Waste Impoundment Failures and Breakthroughs, Committee on the Review of NIOSH Research Programs, and the Committee on Coal Research, Technology, and Resource Assessments to Inform Energy Policy. He is also a member of the Health Research Panel of the National Academies Committee on the Research Programs of the U.S. Bureau of Mines. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. A graduate of the Indian School of Mines, Dr. Ramani received a Ph.D. in mining engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Cecile S. Rose
Cecile S. Rose is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at National Jewish Health, and has academic appointments in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado and in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Her research interests focus on mining-related cardiopulmonary diseases and on lung diseases following post-9/11 military deployment. Dr. Rose served between 2014 - 2016 as chair of the NIOSH Research Study Section and for several years as chair of the NIOSH Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee. She has served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry and on the standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment in the Workplace. Dr. Rose received her MD and MPH degrees from the University of Illinois Chicago. She is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and occupational and environmental medicine. She has an active clinical practice in occupational and environmental lung diseases as well as sustained funding for research in that area.
Dr. Emily Sarver
Emily A. Sarver is an associate professor in the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her primary research and outreach focuses on monitoring, characterization and control of mine-generated contaminants that have implications for occupational or environmental health. She has specific expertise in respirable dust and diesel particulate in underground mines, and has led work on several funded projects to characterize respirable particulates in coal mines. This work has used a variety of analytical techniques, some of which have not been previously applied to mine dusts. Dr. Sarver also has expertise in respirable particulate sampling and real-time monitoring in mine environments. Her other research interests include responsible development of mineral and energy resources, hydrometallurgy, and corrosion. In 2015, Dr. Sarver was named one of the first two recipients of the Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. Career Development Grant, awarded by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME). She was also the recipient of the 2017 Health & Safety Research and Educational Excellence Award and the 2016 Mineral Processing Division Young Engineer Award from the SME, and the 2015 Outstanding Researcher Award from the Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science. Dr. Sarver holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mining engineering and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Virginia Tech..
Mr. Joseph Sbaffoni
Joseph A. Sbaffoni is Principle for JAS MINE CONSULTING LLC, offering consulting services to the mining industry. He has more than 47 years of experience in miner health and safety program areas including mine inspection, miner training, miner certification, equipment approval, accident investigation and emergency response. Mr. Sbaffoni began his career in mining in 1970, was certified as a Pennsylvania Mine Foreman in 1975 and held a range of management positions in Pennsylvania’s mines rising to the position of mine superintendent. He was certified as a Pennsylvania Bituminous Mine Inspector and was appointed sequentially to the positions of Bituminous Deep Mine Inspector (1984), Bituminous Division Chief (1988), and Director (2003), in the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mine Safety. During his tenure, Mr. Sbaffoni played a major role in updating and improving all mine health and safety programs in the Commonwealth. Mr. Sbaffoni played a key role in the Quecreek mine rescue of nine trapped miners in 2002. He was instrumental in the enactment of the Mine Families First Act in 2007 and a new Mine Safety Act for Bituminous Coal Mines in 2009 which contributed to the outcome of fatal free years in Pennsylvania’s underground mines in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He served on NIOSH's Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2012. He holds an Associate Degree in Mining Technology from Pennsylvania State University and was recognized as a Centennial Fellow in 1996, received a Special Recognition for Sciences and Engineering in Service to Society award in 2002 and the Robert Stefanko Distinguished Achievement Award in Mineral Engineering in 2010. He is a member of the Penn State Mining Engineering Industrial and Professional Advisory Committee and the Eberly Campus Advisory Board and Mining Industry Advisory Board. He is a past president and member of the Joseph A Holmes Safety Association, National Mine Rescue Association, Mine Rescue Veterans of the Pittsburgh District, Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America, Mine Safety Institute of America and Pennsylvania Bituminous Safety Association.
Mr. Michael J. Wright
Michael J. Wright is the director of Health, Safety and Environment for the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union. He is a former member of the Department of Labor’s National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health and EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. He has worked extensively on international health, safety and environment issues with the International Labour Organization and the International Trade Union Confederation. He currently serves on the world’s first global union-management safety and health committee, established in 2009 by ArcelorMittal Steel. He is a member of NIOSH’s Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee. He has taught safety and health, and worked with unions in South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Poland, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Russia. He was a member of an international team that investigated the Bhopal disaster. He is a former member of the Program Advisory Committee of the International Program on Chemical Safety, set up under the ILO, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Environment Program. He also served on the international coordinating group overseeing the effort to harmonize chemical classification and labeling systems throughout the world, whose work was completed in 2003. Mr. Wright worked on several MSHA rulemakings, most notably on the standard for diesel particulate in underground metal and non-metal mines. In addition, he has worked on safety and health issues in iron, copper, silver, trona, potash, uranium and nickel mines in the United States and Canada. Mr. Wright received an M.S. degree in industrial hygiene from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Thure Cerling
Dirk Dahmann
Braden Lusk
Michael McCawley
Raja Ramani
Cecile Rose
Emily Sarver
Joseph Sbaffoni
Michael Wright


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Responding to comments from the report reviewers

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Report reviewer comments

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 07, 2018


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Thure Cerling
Dirk Dahmann
R. Larry Grayson
Braden Lusk
Michael McCawley
Raja Ramani
Cecile Rose
Emily Sarver
Joseph Sbaffoni
Michael Wright


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Development of draft report chapters and summary.

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Draft report chapters and summary.

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January 19, 2018


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Thure Cerling
Dirk Dahmann
R. Larry Grayson
Braden Lusk
Michael McCawley
Raja Ramani
Cecile Rose
Emily Sarver
Joseph Sbaffoni
Michael Wright


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Refining the committee's draft report.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Draft chapters of the committee's report.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 10, 2018


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Michael McCawley
Cecile Rose
Emily Sarver
Joseph Sbaffoni
Michael Wright


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The committee's draft report.

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December 05, 2017


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Braden Lusk
Michael McCawley
Cecile Rose
Emily Sarver
Joseph Sbaffoni
Michael Wright


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The committee's draft report.
Next steps in the Academies' report production process.

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Draft report chapters.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 20, 2017


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Keck Center
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OPEN SESSION (Keck Room 100)
Coal Mine Dust Exposure Monitoring and Sampling in Underground Mines in
Selected Industrialized Countries*

9:00 AM Opening Remarks and Introduction
Thure Cerling, Committee Chair

9:10 Panel Discussion

Derk Brouwer
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa

Bharath Belle
Anglo American Coal (Australia and South Africa)
Brisbane, Australia

Ting Ren
University of Wollongong
Wollongong, Australia

9:50 Panelist Discussion with Committee

10:30 Break

10:50 Resume Panelist Discussion with Committee

11:45 Opportunity for Public Comment
Bruce Watzman, National Mining Association

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Lou Barletta, CNX Coal Resources, LP – Comments to NAS Committee on the Study of the Control of Respirable Coal Mine Dust Exposure in Underground Mines; August 29, 2017

Johann-Essex, V. et al.2017,“Respirable coal mine dust characteristics in samples collected in central and northern Appalachia”. International Journal of Coal Geology.

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Raja Ramani
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Emily Sarver
Joseph Sbaffoni
Michael Wright


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August 15, 2017


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1:00 (EDT) Opening Remarks, Introduction of Committee Members, and Descriptions of Recent Coal Mine Visits
Thure Cerling, Committee Chair

1:20 Emerging Trends in Data Reported by Coal Mine Operators
Gregory Meikle, Chief of Health for Coal Mine Safety and Health, Mine Safety and Health Administration

2:20 Research Findings on the Respiratory Health of Coal Mine Workers
A. Scott Laney, Epidemiologist, Respiratory Health Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

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Emily Sarver
Joseph Sbaffoni
Michael Wright


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Rock Dust Partnership presentation, issued in June 2016



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July 13, 2017


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Thursday, April 13th
Marriott Charleston Town Center
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Charleston, WV 25301
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1:00 Opening Remarks and Introduction of Committee Members
Thure Cerling, Committee Chair

1:15 Performance of the Continuous Personal Coal Dust Monitor (CPDM)
Jay Colinet, Principal Mining Engineer, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

1:55 Production and Characteristics of Rock Dust Applied in Underground Mines
Steven Phagan, Executive Vice President, Lime and Limestone Divisions,
Greer Industries, Inc.

2:30 Break

2:50 UMWA Panel Discussion of the Use of CPDMs
Adam McCormick, Miner Operator, Black Oak Mine
Brad Craddock, Roof Bolt Operator, Black Oak Mine
Eric Taylor, Pinnacle Mine
Scottie Cline, Pinnacle Mine

3:35 Opportunity for Public Comment
Pat Brady, Murray Energy
Thomas Todd, Murray Energy
David Anstine, Imerys Carbonates

5:00 End of Open Session

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Raja Ramani
Cecile Rose
Emily Sarver
Joseph Sbaffoni



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Topics to be addressed by the speakers in open session
List of background materials


Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 18, 2017


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Orin Luke
Contact Email:  oluke@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2034

Agenda
Because of scheduling considerations, the open information-gathering session on exposure monitoring approaches used in coal mines in industrialized countries that had been planned for March 1st has been postponed and will be held during a future meeting. The committee meeting on March 1st and 2nd will be held entirely in closed session.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thure Cerling
Dirk Dahmann
R. Larry Grayson
Braden Lusk
Michael McCawley
Raja Ramani
Cecile Rose
Emily Sarver
Joseph Sbaffoni
Michael Wright


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee's approach to its task
Research on Characterization of Coal Mine Dusts
Rock Dusting Technologies
International Approaches to Exposure Monitoring
Committee's Report Outline
Planning the next committee meeting

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Articles on coal mine exposure monitoring in other countries

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 18, 2017


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Orin Luke
Contact Email:  oluke@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
Wednesday, February 8th, National Academies Keck Center, Room 100

For instructions to join the session over the Internet, contact Orin Luke at oluke@nas.edu .

12:45 (EST) Attendee Registration

1:00 Opening Remarks and Introduction of Committee Members
-- Thure Cerling, Committee Chair

1:10 Perspectives on the Congressional Study Request
-- Joshua Hoffman, Professional Staff, H.R. Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
--Richard Miller, Senior Policy Advisor, H.R. Committee on Education and the Workforce

1:50 MSHA Perspective on the Study Objectives and Background
Kevin Stricklin, Administrator for Coal Mine Safety and Health, and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mine Safety and Health Administration

2:50 Break

3:05 NIOSH Perspectives on the Study Objectives and Background
RJ Matetic, Director, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division,
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

4:05 Coal Mining Industry Perspectives
-- Bruce Watzman, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, National Mining Association
-- Mark Watson, Vice President of Operations, Alliance Coal, LLC

5:00 Opportunity for Public Comment
(To make a comment, sign-up by 4:00 PM (EST), either at the registration table outside of the meeting room or via email to Orin Luke at OLuke@nas.edu. Each speaker will have a maximum time limit of 3 to 5 minutes. Accompanying written materials are encouraged.

5:30 United Mine Workers of America Perspectives
Joshua Roberts, Administrator of the Department of Occupational Health and Safety for the United Mine Workers of America

6:00 End of Open Session

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thure Cerling (committee chair)
Dirk Dahmann
R. Larry Grayson
Braden Lusk
Michael McCawley
Raja Ramani
Cecile Rose
Joseph Sbaffoni
Michael Wright


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Information received during the open session
Committee's statement of task
Approach for carrying out the task
Planning the second committee meeting

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Statement of task
Coal mine dust rule
Laboratory and Field Performance of a Continuously Measuring Personal Respirable Dust Monitor
Coal Industry Concerns on Technical Feasibility of Dust Rule and MSHA response
U.S. Underground Coal Mining Production Data
Coal Production by Country

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 17, 2017

Publications

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