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Pa. DEP Tells Justices It Can Impose Mine Safety Rules

Law360, Philadelphia (May 29, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection urged the state’s Supreme Court on Friday to overturn a decision finding it did not have the authority under a new state law to issue orders forcing coal mine operators to adopt specific safety measures.

The department argued in a brief that the state’s Bituminous Coal Mine Safety Act, a 2008 law setting new safety standards for mines, granted it the clear authority to augment an existing list of events considered “accidents” under the act by issuing orders interpreting the...
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