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August 10, 1989
Mr. Leroy J. Pletten
8401 18 Mile Road #29
Sterling Heights, Michigan 48078-3099\
Dear Mr. Pletten:
Your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated July 18, addressed to Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole, was referred to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for action. You requested copies of requests from Federal agencies for approval of alternate standards pursuant to OSHA regulation, 29 CFR 1960.17 and copies of the approvals by OSHA. We received your request in this office on July 31.
We have enclosed a copy of the listing of Federal agencies that have requested approval of alternate standards. In addition, we have enclosed the following letters and one memorandum:
There is no charge for the enclosed documents. Thank you for your interest in occupational safety and health.
- The National Aeronautic and Space Agency:
Requests for approvalOctober 5, 1976, and March 30, 1981.
- The Department of Defense:
Request for approvalApril 1, 1981.
OSHA approvalMay 6, 1981.
- Department of the Army:
Request for approvalSeptember 25, 1985.
- General Services Administration:
Request for approvalApril 20, 1981.
OSHA approvalNovember 20, 1981.
Request for approvalMay 23, 1983.
OSHA approvalDecember 9, 1983.
- Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA):
Request for approvalinitially on January 28, 1983.
OSHA guidelines to TVAJune 7, 1983
TVA final draft for approvalSeptember 20, 1983.
OSHA Atlanta Regional Office Memorandum recommended approvalDecember 16, 1983.
OSHA approval of TVA revised standardApril 1984.
Request for approvalJuly 17, 1984.
- U.S. Department of Commerce, Maritime Administration:
Request for approvalMay 29, 1979.
- United States Postal Service, Eastern Region:
Request for approvalMay 22, 1981.
- U.S. Department of Transportation, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation:
Request for approvalMay 20, 1987.
- Veterans Administration:
Request for approvalMarch 7, 1985.
- Panama Canal Commission:
Requests for approvalDecember 3, 1984, and January 17, 1985.
Patricia K. Clark, Acting Director
Directorate of Compliance Programs