MSHA Tries New Strategy To Reduce Appeal Logjam

Law360, New York (August 23, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT) -- The Mine Safety and Health Administration is launching a 90-day pilot program aimed at reducing the massive backlog of 89,000 contested health and safety violations for mine operators, in an attempt to speed up the agency's efforts to address the most dangerous mines.

The MSHA pilot program, announced Friday, will allow companies and their representatives to request a formal conference with MSHA officials about alleged violations before the assessment of civil penalties or the beginning of litigation, rather than after the penalty assessment and timely contest...
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