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    New Mexico State Standards; Notice of Approval


Occupational Safety and Health Administration

New Mexico State Standards; Notice of Approval

1. Background. Part 1953 of Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, prescribes procedures under Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (hereinafter called the Act), by which the Regional Administrator for Occupational Safety and Health (hereinafter called Regional Administrator), under a delegation of authority from the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (hereinafter called the Assistant Secretary) (29 CFR 1953.4), will review and approve standards promulgated pursuant to a State Plan, which has been approved in accordance with Section 18(c) of the Act and 29 CFR Part 1902. On December 10, 1975, notice was published in the Federal Register (40 FR 57455) of the approval of the New Mexico State Plan and the adoption of Subpart DD to Part 1952 containing the decision.

The New Mexico State Plan provides for the adoption of Federal standards as State standards after:

1. Notice of public hearing published in a newspaper of general circulation in the State at least sixty (60) days prior to the date of such hearing.

2. Public hearing conducted by the Environmental Improvement Board.

3. Filing of adopted regulations, amendments, or revocations under the State Rules Act.

The New Mexico State Plan provides for the adoption of State standards which are at least as effective as comparable Federal standards promulgated under Section 6 of the Act.

By letter dated August 12, 1997, from Sam A. Rogers, Bureau Chief, to Emzell Blanton, Jr., Regional Administrator, and incorporated as part of the plan, the State submitted State standards identical to Federal standards as follow: Amendment to 1910, Subpart B, Adoption and Extension of Established Federal Standards (61 FR 56831-56855, dated 11/4/96), and Amendment to 1926.55, Appendix A, Gases, Vapors, Fumes, Dust, and Mist (61 FR 56856, dated 11/4/96).

These standards, contained in New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 11 NMAC 5.1 and 11 NMAC 5.2, were promulgated on August 8, 1997, in accordance with applicable State law.

The subject standards became effective September 15, 1997, pursuant to New Mexico State Law, Sections 50-9-1 through 50-9-25.

2. Decision. OSHA has determined that the State standards at 11 NMAC 5.1, and 11 NMAC 5.2 are identical to the comparable Federal standards, and therefore approves the standards.

3. Location of Supplement for Inspection and Copying. A copy of the standards supplement, along with the approved plan, may be inspected and copied during normal business hours at the following locations: Office of the Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Labor-OSHA, 525 Griffin Street, Room 602, Dallas, Texas 75202; Office of the Secretary, Environment Department, 1190 St. Francis Drive, Room 2200-North, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87503; and the Office of State Programs, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room N3700, Washington, D.C. 20210.

4. Public participation. Under 29 CFR 1953.2(c), the Assistant Secretary may prescribe alternative procedures to expedite the review process or for other good cause which may be consistent with applicable laws. The Assistant Secretary finds that good cause exists for not publishing the supplements to the New Mexico State Plan as proposed changes, and making the Regional Administrator's approval effective upon publication for the following reason.

The standards were adopted in accordance with the procedural requirements of State law, which included public comment, and further public participation would be repetitious.

The decision is effective September 8, 1997.

(§ 18, Pub. L. 91-596, 84 Stat. 1608 (29 U.S.C. 667)).

Signed at Dallas, Texas, this eighth day of September 1997.

Emzell Blanton, Jr.,
Regional Administrator.

[FR Doc. 97-27653 Filed 10-17-97; 8:45 am)