New MSHA Rule Puts Mine Owners On Thin Ice

Law360, New York (February 25, 2013, 12:57 PM ET) -- The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently published a final revised pattern of violations (POV) rule. The revised rule makes it easier for the MSHA to shut down mines that the agency determines have demonstrated a disregard for the health and safety of miners. 78 Fed. Reg. 5056 (Jan. 23, 2013).

The POV provision of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, Section 104(e), allows the MSHA to take enforcement action against mines that exhibit a pattern of repeated significant and substantial (S&S) violations. Inspectors can issue S&S...
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