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COMPLYING WITH OSHA AND COVID-19

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Volume 16, Number 2
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On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) had become a pandemic. Then, on March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency to help mobilize the response and streamline funding to assist in fighting the disease. To date, the…

MSHA INCREASES CIVIL PENALTY AMOUNTS AND SETS NEW RULES FOR ELECTRONIC DETONATORS IN METAL/NONMETAL MINES

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Volume 16, Number 1
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Federal mine regulators started off 2020 with a few New Year’s Resolutions of their own.  January was a busy month for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) in the Federal Register, the publication used by federal agencies to announce new or changing standards.  This month, MSHA…

COMMISSION CLARIFIES STANDARDS FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS

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Volume 15, Number 7
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The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (“Commission”) handed down a decision on September 30, 2019, which served to clarify earlier rulings regarding how much independence the Secretary of Labor’s (“Secretary”) Solicitors have in crafting and offering settlement agreements for Mine…

MSHA WORKPLACE EXAMINATION RULE: IT IS SO 2017!

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Volume 15, Number 6
©2019 Jackson Kelly PLLC

After years of back and forth, stakeholder meetings, and anxiety over the requirements of 30 C.F.R. §§ 56/57.18002, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) is now gearing up for enforcement of the 2017 Final Rule commencing on or about December 30, 2019.  The 2017 Final Rule is…

MSHA ISSUES GUIDANCE LETTER ON UNDERGROUND REFUGE LOCATIONS

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Volume 15, Number 5
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On July 29, 2019, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) published a Program Policy Letter (“PPL”) and request for comments in the Federal Register. (84 Fed. Reg. 36623). It is important to note that this letter was intended as interpretive guidance to existing policy and not a…

KARL F. KUMLI JOINS JACKSON KELLY PLLC

Jackson Kelly PLLC is pleased to announce that Karl F. Kumli has joined the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health practice group as an Associate in the Denver, Colorado office. Prior to joining Jackson Kelly PLLC, Karl was Regulatory Compliance Counsel with Triumvirate Environmental with a focus on Regulatory, Administrative, and Labor and Employment matters.

Karl received his law…

MSHA WORKPLACE EXAMINATION RULE: D.C. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS WALKS BACK THE 2018 RULE

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Volume 15, Number 4
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After years of back and forth, public hearings, stakeholder meetings, and anxiety over the requirements of 30 C.F.R. §§ 56/57.18002, the D.C. Circuit  Court of Appeals struck down MSHA’s currently enforced 2018 Workplace Examination Rule on June 11, 2019, in a challenge brought by…

MSHA SPRING 2019 SEMI-ANNUAL REGULATORY AGENDA

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Volume 15, Number 3
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The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs released the Spring 2019 semi-annual regulatory agenda for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) on May 22, 2019. 

In the Pre-Rule Stage for MSHA:

  • A request for information (“RFI”) on respirable Crystalline Silica to both the coal and…

OSHA SPRING 2019 SEMI-ANNUAL REGULATORY AGENDA

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Volume 15, Number 2
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The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs released its Spring 2019 semi-annual regulatory agenda for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) on May 22, 2019.  

Included in the agenda is the issuance of OSHA’s final rule in the Standards Improvement Project IV revising 14…

LAURA E. BEVERAGE TO PRESENT AT THE 2019 NEW MEXICO MINE HEALTH & SAFETY CONFERENCE

Laura E. Beverage, Esq. will be presenting "Update on Agent Liability Under Section 110(c) of the Mine Act" at the 2019 New Mexico Mine Health & Safety Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Laura established the Firm’s Denver, Colorado office in 1993 and represents general industry, construction, and mining clients on compliance issues, policy, legislative,…

MSHA TO UNDERTAKE PHASE TWO OF THE "ONE MSHA" INITIATIVE

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Volume 15, Number 1
©2019 Jackson Kelly PLLC

Soon after his confirmation, David Zatezalo, the Assistant Secretary of Labor, MSHA, began laying out his vision for MSHA under his leadership.  A key aspect of his vision is “One MSHA,” a mission to eliminate the historical separation within MSHA between metal/nonmetal mines and coal mines.  In…

A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: PUSH FOR REFORM WITHIN MSHA

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Volume 14, Number 16
©2018 Jackson Kelly PLLC

As 2018 comes to a close and we look to the start of a new year, many Americans are thinking about their New Year’s resolutions.  The top resolution among mine operators should be to push for meaningful agency reform within the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”).  With the current…

 

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