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Chapter 22A  |  Article 22A - 2A  |  Section 702

1 - OFFICE OF MINERS' HEALTH, SAFET

1A - OFFICE OF MINERS' HEALTH, SAFE

2 - UNDERGROUND MINES

3 - UNDERGROUND CLAY MINE

4 - OPEN-PIT MINES, CEMENT MANUFACT

5 - BOARD OF APPEALS

6 - BOARD OF COAL MINE HEALTH AND S

7 - BOARD OF MINER TRAINING, EDUCAT

8 - CERTIFICATION OF UNDERGROUND AN

9 - MINE INSPECTORS' EXAMINING BOAR

10 - EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL

11 - MINE SAFETY TECHNOLOGY

12 - UNDERGROUND ACCIDENT INVESTIG

WVC 22A- CHAPTER 22A. MINERS' HEALTH, SAFETY AND TRAINING.
WVC 22 A- 2 A- ARTICLE 2A. USE OF DIESEL-POWERED EQUIPMENT IN UNDERGROUND COAL MINES.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 101 PART I. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
§22A-2A-101. Use of diesel-powered equipment authorized.
Diesel-powered equipment for use in underground coal mines may only be approved, operated and maintained in accordance with rules, requirements and standards established pursuant to this article. Diesel-powered equipment may not be used in underground coal mines until the West Virginia diesel equipment commission promulgates its initial rules, requirements and standards governing the operation of diesel equipment in underground coal mines: Provided, That the diesel equipment commission may approve limited site-specific requests for experimental and testing use of diesel-powered equipment in underground coal mines and for the use of alternative diesel-related health and safety technologies and methods consistent with the provisions of section three hundred ten of this article.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 102 §22A-2A-102. Control of diesel safety and health hazards.
The purpose of this article is to reduce or eliminate the inherent hazards of electric-powered equipment in underground coal mines while recognizing that the introduction of an internal combustion engine into that environment presents a different set of safety and health risks for miners. The provisions of this article are intended to provide an integrated approach to the control of diesel safety and health hazards in underground coal mines.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 201 PART 2. DEFINITIONS.
§22A-2A-201. Applicability of definitions.
(a) For the purposes of this article, the words or phrases defined in this part 2 have the meanings ascribed to them. These definitions are applicable unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context.

(b) When used in this article, the words and phrases defined in section two, article one of this chapter have the meaning ascribed to them in that section. Those definitions are applicable to this article unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context in which the word or phrase is used in this article.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 202 §22A-2A-202. Board defined.
"Board" means the board of coal mine health and safety continued by section three, article six of this chapter.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 203 §22A-2A-203. Certificate of approval defined.
"Certificate of approval" means a formal document issued by MSHA stating that a complete assembly has met the requirements of part 36, title thirty of the code of federal regulations, 30 C.F.R. § 36.1, et seq., for mobile diesel-powered transportation equipment and authorizing the use and attachment of an official approval plate so indicating.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 204 §22A-2A-204. Commission defined.
"Commission" means the West Virginia diesel equipment commission created under the provisions of section three hundred one of this article.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 205 §22A-2A-205. Diesel fuel tank defined.
"Diesel fuel tank" means a closed metal vessel specifically designed for the storage or transport of diesel fuel.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 206 §22A-2A-206. Diesel fuel transportation unit defined.
"Diesel fuel transportation unit" means a self-propelled or portable wheeled vehicle used to transport a diesel fuel tank.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 207 §22A-2A-207. Diesel engine defined.
"Diesel engine" means any compression ignition internal combustion engine using the basic diesel cycle where combustion results from the spraying of fuel into air heated by compression.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 208 §22A-2A-208. Diesel power package defined.
"Diesel power package" means a diesel engine with an intake system, exhaust system, and a safety shutdown system installed that meets the specific requirements for MSHA approval of diesel power packages intended for use in approved equipment in areas of underground coal mines where electric equipment is required to be permissible.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 209 §22A-2A-209. Exhaust emission defined.
"Exhaust emission" means any substance emitted to the atmosphere from the exhaust port of the combustion chamber of a diesel engine.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 210 §22A-2A-210. Exhaust emissions control and conditioning system defined.
"Exhaust emissions control and conditioning system" means a device or combination of devices that will collect and treat diesel exhaust emissions at the exhaust port of the engine, and will reduce the volume of, or eliminate emissions of, diesel particulate matter, carbon monoxide and oxides of nitrogen in accordance with the requirements and standards of the commission established in accordance with the provisions of section four hundred three of this article.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 211 §22A-2A-211. MSHA defined.
"MSHA" means the mine safety and health administration of the United States department of labor.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 212 §22A-2A-212. Permanent underground diesel fuel storage facility defined.
"Permanent underground diesel fuel storage facility" means a facility designed and constructed to remain at one location for the storage or dispensing of diesel fuel, which does not move as mining progresses.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 213 §22A-2A-213. Safety can defined.
"Safety can" means a metal container intended for storage, transport or dispensing of diesel fuel, with a nominal capacity of five gallons, listed or approved by a nationally recognized independent testing laboratory.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 214 §22A-2A-214. Temporary underground diesel fuel storage area defined.
"Temporary underground diesel fuel storage area" means an area of a mine provided for the short-term storage of diesel fuel in a fuel transportation unit, which moves as mining progresses.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 301 §22A-2A-301. The West Virginia Diesel Equipment Commission.
The West Virginia Diesel Equipment Commission, consisting of six members, is continued, and commencing July 1, 2010, is a separate independent commission within the Department of Commerce.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 302 §22A-2A-302. Members of the commission; qualifications and eligibility.
(a) Each member of the commission shall be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the state of West Virginia.

(b) No member of the Legislature, or person holding any elective or full-time appointive office in the federal, state, or local government shall be eligible to serve as a member of the commission.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 303 §22A-2A-303. Appointment and terms of commission members.
(a) The members of the commission shall be appointed to initial terms as follows:

(1) Two members shall serve for a term beginning on the first day of May, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven, and ending on the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine;

(2) Two members shall serve for a term beginning on the first day of May, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven, and ending on the thirtieth day of June, two thousand;

(3) Two members shall serve for a term beginning on the first day of May, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven, and ending on the thirtieth day of June, two thousand one.

(b) Of the two members appointed under each of subdivisions (1), (2) and (3), subsection (a) of this section, one shall be a person who can reasonably be expected to represent the viewpoint or interests of coal operators in this state and one shall be a person who can reasonably be expected to represent the viewpoint or interests of working miners in this state.

(c) Members serving on the commission on the effective date of the amendment of this section may continue to serve until the expiration of their terms. Thereafter, members shall be nominated and appointed in the manner provided in this section and section three hundred four of this article.

(d) After the initial appointments, all members shall be appointed for terms of four years. Members are eligible for reappointment.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 304

PART 3. WEST VIRGINIA DIESEL EQUIPMENT COMMISSION.

§22A-2A-304. Nomination and appointment of members.
(a) Prior to the appointment of a person to the commission, the Governor shall request the nomination of a candidate for the appointment. If the position is to be filled by a person who can reasonably be expected to represent the viewpoint or interests of underground coal operators in this state, the Governor shall request the nomination from the major trade association representing underground coal operators in this state. If the position is to be filled by a person who can reasonably be expected to represent the viewpoint or interests of working miners in this state, the Governor shall request the nomination from the highest ranking officer of the major employee organization representing coal miners in this state. The Director of the Office of Miner's Health, Safety and Training or his or her designee and the Health Safety Administrator shall serve as a nonvoting ex officio member.

(b) The Governor shall appoint a member to serve for the term for which the person was nominated, and until his or her successor has been nominated and appointed: Provided, That if a successor is not appointed within one hundred twenty days after the expiration of a member's term, a vacancy is deemed to exist. The Governor may reject a nomination and decline to appoint a nominee only if the person does not have the qualifications, integrity and responsibility necessary to enable the person to perform his or her duties as a member of the commission.

(c) Appointments to fill vacancies on the commission shall be for the unexpired term of the member to be replaced.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 305 §22A-2A-305. Removal of members.
When a member fails to appear at three consecutive meetings of the commission or at one half of the meetings held during a one-year period, any member of the commission may notify the member and the governor of such fact. Such member shall be removed by the governor unless good cause for absences is shown.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 306 §22A-2A-306. Compensation of members; reimbursement for expenses.
Each member of the commission shall be paid the same compensation and expense reimbursement as is paid to members of the Legislature for their interim duties as recommended by the citizens legislative compensation commission and authorized by law for each day or portion thereof engaged in the discharge of official duties. No reimbursement for expenses shall be made except upon an itemized account, properly certified by the members of the commission. All reimbursement for expenses shall be paid out of the state treasury upon a requisition on the state auditor.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 307 §22A-2A-307. Quorum; majority vote required.
A quorum of the commission consists of not less than two of the members who represent the viewpoint or interests of coal operators and two of the members who represent the viewpoint or interests of working miners. A measure before the commission for its consideration is adopted on the affirmative vote of any four of the six members.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 308 §22A-2A-308. Promulgation of initial rules by the commission.
(a) The West Virginia diesel equipment commission shall prepare and adopt the initial rules for the operation of diesel equipment in underground coal mines in this state. In preparing and adopting initial rules, the commission shall consider the highest achievable measures of protection for miners' health and safety through available technology, engineering controls and performance requirements and shall further consider the cost, availability, adaptability and suitability of any available technology, engineering controls and performance requirements as they relate to the use of diesel equipment in underground coal mines.

(b) In promulgating the initial rules pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the commission shall follow the procedures set forth in article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code that are prescribed for an agency proposing a legislative rule, to the point where an agency would approve a rule for submission to the Legislature. At that point, the commission shall proceed to final adoption of the initial rules and file a notice of the final adoption in the state register and with the legislative rule-making review committee. Final adoption of the initial rules may be approved only upon a majority vote of all six members of the commission. All six members must be present when a vote is taken. Upon final adoption by the commission, the initial rules are thereby promulgated and have the effect of law without further action by the commission or the Legislature. The initial rules shall be published in the code of state rules and continue in effect until modified or superseded in accordance with the provisions of this article.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 309 §22A-2A-309. Commission's authority to approve site-specific experimental testing prior to initial rules.
The commission is hereby authorized to approve limited site-specific requests for experimental and testing use of diesel-powered equipment in underground coal mines prior to promulgation of initial rules in accordance with subsections (b), (c), (d), (e), (f) and (g), section three hundred ten of this article. Final approval of a site-specific request may be approved only upon a majority vote of all six members of the commission. All six members must be present when a vote is taken.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 310 §22A-2A-310. Duties of commission following promulgation of initial rules.
(a) After the promulgation of the initial rules, the commission shall have as its primary duties the implementation of this article and the evaluation and adoption of state of the art technology and methods, reflected in engines and engine components, emission control equipment and procedures, that when applied to diesel-powered underground mining machinery shall reasonably reduce or eliminate diesel exhaust emissions and enhance protections of the health and safety of miners. The technology and methods adopted by the commission shall have been demonstrated to be reliable. In making a decision to adopt new technology and methods, the commission shall consider the highest achievable measures of protection for miners' health and safety through available technology, engineering controls and performance requirements and shall further consider the cost, availability, adaptability and suitability of any available technology, engineering controls and performance requirements as they relate to the use of diesel equipment in underground coal mines. Any state of the art technology or methods adopted by the commission shall not reduce or compromise the level of health and safety protection of miners.

(b) Upon application of a coal mine operator, the commission shall consider site-specific requests for the use of diesel equipment in underground coal mines and for the use of alternative diesel-related health and safety technologies and methods. The commission's action on applications submitted under this subsection shall be on a mine-by-mine basis. Upon receipt of a site-specific application, the commission shall conduct an investigation, which investigation shall include consultation with the mine operator and the authorized representatives of the miners at the mine. Authorized representatives of the miners shall include a Mine Health and Safety Committee elected by miners at the mine, a person or persons employed by an employee organization representing miners at the mine or a person or persons authorized as the representative or representatives of miners of the mine in accordance with MSHA regulations at 30 C.F.R. Pt. 40 (relating to representative of miners). Where there is no authorized representative of the miners, the commission shall consult with a reasonable number of miners at the mine. Upon completion of the investigation, the commission may approve the application for the site-specific request: Provided, That an application for a site-specific request under this subsection may be approved only upon a majority vote of all six members of the commission. All six members must be present when a vote is taken.

(1) Within one hundred eighty days of receipt of an application for use of alternative technologies or methods, the commission shall complete its investigation. The time period may be extended with the consent of the applicant.

(2) The commission shall have thirty days in which to render a final decision approving or rejecting the application.

(3) The commission members shall not approve an application made under this section if, at the conclusion of the investigation, the commission members have made a determination that the use of the alternative technology or method will reduce or compromise the level of health and safety protection of miners.

(4) The written approval of an application for the use of alternative technologies or methods shall include the results of the commission's investigation and describe the specific conditions of use for the alternative technology or method.

(5) The written decision to reject an application for the use of alternative technologies or methods shall include the results of the commission's investigation and shall outline in detail the basis for the rejection.

(c) The commission shall establish conditions for the use of diesel-powered equipment in shaft and slope construction operations at coal mines.

(d) In performing its functions, the commission shall have access to the services of the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety. The board shall provide administrative support and assistance pursuant to section six, article six of this chapter, to enable the commission to carry out its duties.

(e) Any action taken by the commission to either approve or reject the use of an alternative technology or method, or establish conditions under subsection (c) of this section, shall be final and binding and not subject to further review except where a decision by the commission may be deemed to be an abuse of discretion or contrary to law. If any party affected by a decision of the commission believes that the decision is an abuse of discretion or contrary to law, that party may file a petition for review with the circuit court of Kanawha County in accordance with the provisions of the administrative procedures act relating to judicial review of governmental determinations. The court, in finding that any decision made by the commission is an abuse of discretion or contrary to law, shall vacate and, if appropriate, remand the case.

(f) The powers and duties of the commission shall be limited to the matters regarding the use of diesel-powered equipment in underground coal mines.

(g) Appropriations for the funding of the commission and to effectuate the purposes of this article shall be made to a budget account hereby established for that purpose in the General Revenue Fund. Expenditures from this fund are provided for in section six, article six of this chapter.

(h) The commission may issue a clarifying resolution about the initial rules and other matters consistent with the powers and duties of the commission under this article. A unanimous vote is required for any clarifying resolution by the commission.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 401 PART 4. EXHAUST EMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR DIESEL POWER PACKAGES.

§22A-2A-401. General provisions relating to requirements for exhaust emissions.
This part 4 is intended to control the potential health hazards of diesel exhaust, by requiring that diesel-powered machines be equipped with clean-burning engines, that exhaust emissions control and conditioning systems may be required on diesel engines as specified by the commission, that exhaust emissions be monitored and controlled and that standards be established for the allowable concentrations of exhaust emissions in a mine environment.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 402 §22A-2A-402. Approval of diesel power package or diesel engine.
Every diesel power package or diesel engine used in underground coal mining shall be approved by the West Virginia diesel equipment commission when it complies with applicable requirements, standards, and procedures established by rules of the commission, and be certified or approved, as applicable, by MSHA and maintained in accordance with MSHA certification or approval.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 403 §22A-2A-403. Exhaust emissions control and conditioning systems.
(a) All exhaust emissions control and conditioning systems and their component devices shall be approved by the West Virginia diesel equipment commission. Such approval requires compliance with applicable standards and procedures established by rules of the commission for the use of the system or device in reducing or eliminating diesel particulate matter, carbon monoxide and oxides of nitrogen.

The rules of the commission shall require all exhaust emissions control and conditioning systems to undergo an initial series of laboratory tests, using test equipment requirements and standard procedures approved by the commission for testing for gaseous and particulate emissions. The commission shall compile a list of acceptable third-party laboratories where testing is performed competently and reliable results are produced.

(b) Requirements and standards for exhaust emissions control and conditioning systems include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) A minimum standard, stated as an average percentage, for the reduction of diesel particulate matter emissions by a diesel particulate matter filter or other comparably effective emissions control device;

(2) A minimum standard, stated in parts per million, for the reduction of emissions of undiluted carbon monoxide, using an oxidation catalyst or other gaseous emissions control device;

(3) A minimum standard, stated in parts per million, for the reduction of emissions of oxides of nitrogen, using advanced control technology such as catalytic control technology or other comparably effective control methods;

(4) Any additional requirements established by the rules of the commission or MSHA regulations relating to requirements for permissible mobile diesel-powered transportation equipment set forth in part 36, title thirty of the code of federal regulations, 30 C.F.R. §36.1, et seq.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 404 §22A-2A-404. Emissions monitoring and control.
Rules of the commission shall establish procedures for monitoring and controlling emissions from diesel-powered equipment. Such procedures shall include, but not be limited to, monitoring and controlling activities to be performed by a qualified person.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 405 §22A-2A-405. Exhaust gas monitoring and control.
(a) For monitoring and controlling exhaust gases, the rules of the commission shall establish the maximum allowable ambient concentration of exhaust gases in the mine atmosphere. Standards for exhaust gases, stated in parts per million, shall be established for carbon monoxide and oxides of nitrogen. The rules shall establish the location in the mine at which the concentration of these exhaust gases is to be measured, the frequency at which measurements are to be made, and requirements prescribing the sampling instruments to be used in the measurement of exhaust gases.

(b) Rules of the commission shall establish the concentration of exhaust gas, stated as a percentage of an exposure limit, that when present will require changes to be made in the use of diesel-powered equipment or the methods of mine ventilation, or will require other modifications in the mining process.

(c) Rules of the commission shall provide for the remedial action to be taken if the concentration of any of the gases listed in subsection (a) of this section exceeds the exposure limit.

(d) In addition to the other maintenance requirements required by this article, rules of the commission shall provide for service, maintenance and tests which are specific to an engine's fuel delivery system, timing or exhaust emissions control and conditioning system.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 501 PART 5. VENTILATION.
§22A-2A-501. Ventilation.
(a) Rules of the commission shall establish values to be maintained for the minimum quantities of ventilating air where diesel-powered equipment is operated. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that necessary minimum ventilating air quantity is provided where diesel-powered equipment is operated.

(b) Rules of the commission shall require that each specific model of diesel-powered equipment shall be approved before it is taken underground. The rules shall provide that in addition to requiring that each diesel engine have an assigned MSHA approval number securely attached to the engine with the information required by 30 C.F.R. §§ 7.90 and 7.105, the approval plate shall also specify the minimum ventilating air quantity required by the commission for the specific piece of diesel-powered equipment. The rules shall provide that the minimum ventilating air quantity be determined based on the amount of air necessary at all times to maintain the exhaust emissions at levels not exceeding the exposure limits established by the commission pursuant to section four hundred six of this article.

(c) Rules of the commission shall require that the minimum quantities of air in any split where any individual unit of diesel-powered equipment is being operated shall be at least that specified on the approval plate for that equipment. Air quantity measurements to determine compliance with this requirement shall bemade at the individual unit of diesel-powered equipment.

(d) Rules of the commission shall establish the minimum quantities of air required in any split when multiple units are operated. Air quantity measurements to determine compliance with this requirement shall be made at the most downwind unit of diesel-powered equipment that is being operated in that air split.

(e) Rules of the commission shall provide that minimum quantities of air in any split where any diesel-powered equipment is operated shall not be less than the minimum air quantities established pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of this section and shall be specified in the mine diesel ventilation plan.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 601 PART 6. FUEL.
§22A-2A-601. Specifications for fuel.
(a) The commission shall establish standards for fuel to be used in diesel-powered equipment in underground coal mines. A purpose of these standards is to require the use of low volatile fuels that will lower diesel engine gaseous and particulate emissions and will reduce equipment maintenance by limiting the amount of sulfur in the fuel. Another purpose of the standards for fuel is to reduce the risk of fire in underground mines by establishing a minimum flash point for the diesel fuel used.

(b) Rules of the commission shall require each coal mine using diesel equipment underground to establish a quality control plan for assuring that the diesel fuel used complies with the standards established pursuant to this section. The rules shall also establish a procedure under which each mine operator will provide evidence that the diesel fuel used in diesel-powered equipment underground meets the standards for fuel established by the commission.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 602 §22A-2A-602. Fuel storage facilities.
(a) The commission shall establish requirements for the safe storage of diesel fuel underground so as to minimize the risks associated with fire hazards in areas where diesel fuel is stored.

(b) (1) Rules of the commission shall either provide:

(A) That all stationary underground diesel fuel tanks are prohibited; or

(B) That a stationary underground diesel fuel tank may only be authorized through a petitioning process that permits a stationary underground diesel fuel tank to be located in a permanent underground diesel fuel storage facility, on a site-specific basis. Stationary underground diesel fuel tanks may not be located in temporary underground diesel fuel storage areas.

(c) Rules of the commission shall govern the transportation and storage of diesel fuel in diesel fuel tanks and safety cans.

(d) Rules of the commission shall establish limits on the total amount of diesel fuel that may be stored in each permanent underground diesel fuel storage facility and in each temporary underground diesel fuel storage area.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 603 §22A-2A-603. Dispensing of diesel fuel.
Rules of the commission governing the refueling of diesel-powered equipment shall, at a minimum, comply with the provisions of part 75 of the code of federal regulations dealing with the dispensing of diesel fuel, set forth in 30 C.F.R. §75.1905, effective the twenty-fifth day of April, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 604 §22A-2A-604. Location of fueling.
(a) Rules of the commission shall require that fueling of diesel-powered equipment is not to be conducted in the intake escapeways unless the mine design and entry configuration make it

necessary. For those cases where fueling in the intake escapeways is necessary, the rules shall establish a procedure whereby the mine operator shall submit a plan for approval, outlining the special safety precautions that will be taken to insure the protection of miners. The plan shall specify a fixed location where fueling will be conducted in the intake escapeway and all other safety precautions that will be taken, which shall include an examination of the area for spillage or fire by a qualified person.

(b) Rules of the commission shall require that at least one person, specially trained in the cleanup and disposal of diesel fuel spills, shall be on duty at the mine when diesel-powered equipment or mobile fuel transportation equipment is being used or when any fueling of diesel-powered equipment is being conducted.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 701 PART 7. FIRE SUPPRESSION.
§22A-2A-701. Fire suppression systems for diesel-powered equipment and fuel transportation units.
Rules of the commission governing fire suppression systems for diesel-powered equipment and fuel transportation units shall, at a minimum, comply with the provisions of part 75 of the code of federal regulations dealing with fire suppression systems for diesel-powered equipment and fuel transportation units, set forth in 3O C.F.R. §75.1911, effective the twenty-fifth day of April, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 702 §22A-2A-702. Fire suppression for storage areas.
Rules of the commission governing fire suppression systems for permanent underground diesel fuel storage facilities shall, at a minimum, comply with the provisions of part 75 of the code of federal regulations dealing with fire suppression systems for permanent underground diesel fuel storage facilities, set forth in 30 C.F.R. §75.1912, effective the twenty-fifth day of April, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 703 §22A-2A-703. Use of certain starting aids regulated or prohibited.
Rules of the commission shall regulate or prohibit the use of volatile or chemical starting aids.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 704 §22A-2A-704. Fire and safety training.
(a) Rules of the commission shall provide for all underground employees at the mine to receive special instruction related to fighting fires involving diesel fuel. This training may be included in annual refresher training under MSHA regulations set forth in 30 C.F.R. Pt. 48 (relating to training and retraining of miners), or included in the fire drills required under MSHA regulations set forth in 30 C.F.R. §75.1101.23 (relating to program of instruction; location and use of fire fighting equipment; location of escapeways, exits, and routes of travel; evacuation procedures; fire drills).

(b) Rules of the commission shall provide for all miners to be trained in precautions for safe and healthful handling and disposal of diesel-powered equipment filters.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 801 PART 8. MAINTENANCE.
§22A-2A-801. Maintenance of diesel-powered equipment.
(a) Rules of the commission shall require diesel-powered equipment to be maintained in an approved and safe condition or removed from service. Failure of the mine operator to comply with the maintenance requirements established by the board may result in revocation of the commission's approval of the diesel-powered equipment. The commission shall establish procedures for appropriate notification to be given to the mine operator, requiring the submission, evaluation and implementation of a plan to achieve and maintain compliance.

(b) Rules of the commission shall provide that service and maintenance of diesel-powered equipment shall be performed according to a specified routine maintenance schedule, on-board performance and maintenance diagnostics readings, emissions test results, and component manufacturer's recommendations.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 802 §22A-2A-802. Training and qualification of persons working on diesel-powered equipment.
(a) Rules of the commission shall require that all maintenance, repairs, examinations and tests on diesel-powered equipment shall be performed by a person who, at a minimum, is trained and qualified in accordance with the provisions of part 75 of the code of federal regulations dealing with the training and qualification of persons working on diesel powered equipment, as set forth in 30 C.F.R. §75.1915, effective the twenty-fifth day of April, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven.

(b) Rules of the commission shall require that the training and qualification program and record made available for inspection pursuant to the provisions of 30 C.F.R. §75.1915(c) be made available to the commission or its authorized representative.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 803 §22A-2A-803. Examination of equipment by operator.
Rules of the commission shall require that mobile diesel-powered equipment that is to be used during a shift be visually examined by the equipment operator before being placed in operation, and that equipment defects affecting safety be reported promptly to the mine operator. Rules of the commission shall specify the inspection procedures to be followed and the operating conditions under which the examination is to be made. Rules of the commission shall establish record-keeping requirements for such visual examinations.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 804 §22A-2A-804. Scheduled maintenance.
Rules of the commission shall establish the intervals at which a qualified person will evaluate and interpret the results of tests and examinations, perform maintenance and make all necessary adjustments or repairs or remove the diesel-powered equipment from service. The commission shall establish record-keeping requirements for persons performing maintenance.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 805 §22A-2A-805. On-board performance and maintenance diagnostics systems.
Rules of the commission shall require that on-board engine performance and maintenance diagnostics systems shall be capable of continuously monitoring and giving read-outs. The diagnostics system shall identify levels that exceed the engine or component manufacturer's recommendation, standards established by the commission or the applicable MSHA requirements.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 806 §22A-2A-806. Diagnostic testing.
(a) The commission shall require periodic examination and testing of all diesel-powered equipment by a person trained and qualified as required by rules of the commission.

(b) Rules of the commission shall prescribe the scope of the examination and testing and the procedures to be followed, and the rules requiring testing of undiluted exhaust emissions may exceed the written standard operating procedures for such testing and evaluation required by part 75 of the code of federal regulations, set forth in 30 C.F.R. §75.1915(g).

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 807 §22A-2A-807. Records.
(a) Rules of the commission shall provide:

(1) That a record be made of all tests, examinations and maintenance and repairs of diesel-powered equipment;

(2) That the person performing the test, examination, maintenance or repair certify by date, time, engine hour reading, and signature that the test, examination, maintenance or repair was made;

(3) That records of tests and examinations include the specific results of such tests and examinations;

(4) That records of maintenance and repairs include a description of the work or service that was performed, and the results of any subsequently required emissions testing.

(b) Rules of the commission shall specify the persons who are required to countersign records of tests, examinations, maintenance and repairs.

(c) Rules of the commission shall establish procedures and time periods for the retention of records and their availability for inspection by the commission and by miners and their representatives.

WVC 22 A- 2 A- 901 PART 9. TRAINING.
§22A-2A-901. Training and general requirements.
(a) Rules of the commission shall establish programs for training equipment operators and members of the mine health and safety committee. Training shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) Fundamentals of the operation of a diesel engine;

(2) Federal and state regulations governing the use of diesel-powered equipment;

(3) The mine operator's rules for safe operation;

(4) Specific features of each piece of equipment; and

(5) Problem recognition.

(b) Required training shall include equipment specific, hands-on orientation given in an area of the mine where the equipment will be operated. This orientation shall be specific to the type and make of the diesel machine and shall be presented in small groups.

(c) Rules of the commission shall establish a certification process for qualifying equipment operators to operate a specific type of diesel-powered equipment. An operator may be qualified to operate more than one type of equipment by completing additional equipment-specific training covering differences specific to each additional type of equipment.

(d) Rules of the commission shall require refresher training, separate from that required by MSHA regulations at 30 C.F.R. Pt. 48(relating to the training and retraining of miners), and annual recertification.

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