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Diesel Exhaust Health Effects Partnership

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NIOSH Mining diesel labA partnership between MSHA and NIOSH to share information on issues related to diesel exhaust and potential health effects.

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The partnership is holding a Diesel Technology Workshop on January 23, 2019, in Washington, D.C., at the United States Department of Labor Auditorium, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW.

About the workshop:

As a next step toward developing information and data on approaches to control and monitor miners' exposures to diesel exhaust, the Diesel Partnership has organized a workshop to focus on the types of advanced low-emissions diesel technologies – including new engines, equipment, after-treatment systems, and retrofits – that are available for use in underground mines.

The workshop will include five panels of experts focusing on four main areas of discussion:

Context – This panel will include a legal practitioner and representatives of MSHA and NIOSH, who will set the stage for the subsequent panels by discussing the introduction and use of diesel-powered equipment in underground mining, health effects research, diesel technology research, the current regulatory framework, the current Request for Information and formation of the Diesel Partnership.

Current Emissions/Control Technologies – Two panels will include representatives of engine manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and researchers who will present current information regarding advanced low-emissions diesel engines, emission reduction equipment and exposure reduction systems that are being developed or deployed in underground mines.

Current Barriers to Deployment of Technologies – This panel will include representatives of the underground mining industry and state and federal mine safety and health regulators, who will identify cost barriers and other practical considerations that have impeded the deployment of advance low-emission diesel technologies and equipment in underground mines.  They also will discuss examples of where those barriers have been overcome.

Strategies and Path Forward – This panel will include representatives of federal agencies, leaders of key non-governmental organizations and researchers, who will discuss potential strategies, including financial incentive programs for accelerating the turnover of older diesel mining equipment and introduction of after-treatment systems.  Research gaps will also be identified.

Registration for the free workshop is being accepted through January 18. Lunch is not provided, but a variety of offerings will be available for purchase at the Department of Labor cafeteria.

Other important news:

MSHA has reopened the rulemaking record for public comment and extended the comment period for the Agency's Request for Information on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust. The comment period is now extended through March 26, 2019.

See MSHA's Diesel Exhaust Health Effects Partnership page for additional details, including latest charter, meeting minutes, and contact information.

Past meetings:

  • 9/16/2017
  • 12/8/2016
  • 7/27/2018 -

    The third MSHA/NIOSH Diesel Exhaust Health Effects Partnership meeting was held on July 27, 2018. Approximately 50 representatives of mining associations (IMA-NA, NSSGA), unions (UMWA), mining companies (Alliance Coal, LLC,  Carmeuse Lime and Stone, Contura Energy, Genesis Alkai, Lhoist North America of VA, Mississippi Lime Co., Murray Energy, RT Vanderbilt Holding Co., Inc., Tata Chemicals), OEMs (Classic Motors, Inc., Cummins, Inc.), law firms (Armstrong Teasdale LLP, Crowell & Moring), and federal and state government agencies (MSHA, NIOSH, PA Bureau of Mine Safety) attended the meeting in-person or over the phone. The meeting was co-chaired by Jessica E. Kogel, Ph.D., Associate Director for Mining, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) , R.J. Matetic, Director of Pittsburgh Mining Research Division (PMRD), NIOSH and Particia Silvey, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

    The participants discussed the potential ramifications of proposed changes on the introduction of low emitting engines in underground mines in the U.S.  In the continuation of the meeting, the participants discussed the proposal for changes to the partnership charter that would allow for development of the most effective path forward toward addressing the issues related to industry efforts to reduce exposures of underground miners to diesel aerosols and gases. The participants agreed that the efforts should be initiated with an one-day workshop that should provide critical overview of the technologies and strategies available to underground mining industry to address issues related to exposure of underground miners to diesel particulate matter. The effort on organizing the workshop would be spearheaded by the organizing committee formed from the representatives of all interested parties. 

Next meeting: 1/23/2019.

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