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Post-Hearing Procedures for OSHA’s Proposed Standard on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica; Extension of Post-Hearing Comment Period

On March 4, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration set hearing and post-hearing procedures for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica published in the Federal Register on September 12, 2013 (78 FR 56274; Docket No. OSHA-2010-0034).  In a memo posted to the docket on April 9, 2014, OSHA amended these procedures to allow additional time for post-hearing submissions (OSHA-2010-0034-3569).

According to the April 9, 2014 memo, parties who filed notices of intent to appear were able to submit additional information and data relevant to the proceeding through June 3, 2014; final briefs, arguments, and summations were to be submitted by July 18, 2014. OSHA has now determined that it is appropriate to provide an additional 31 days for parties who filed notices of intent to appear to submit final briefs, arguments, and summations. Final briefs, arguments, and summations will therefore be accepted through August 18, 2014.

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