Tougher Mine Safety Rules Take Effect

Law360, New York (April 21, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration's tougher standards for seals that protect miners from an explosion or collapse have taken effect, giving coal mine operators six months to adjust to the new requirements.

The agency published its final rule in the Federal Register on April 18, and mine operators have until Oct. 20 to ensure that the sealed-off areas of mines, which workers escape to in an explosion, can withstand an overpressure of 50 pounds per square inch. The previous standard was 20 psi....
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