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2013-01-15 12:21:41

HERNDON, Va., Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MicroPact, a leader in the development of case and business process management (BPM) software, today announced it was awarded a contract by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (Commission) to develop a web-based case management system. The case management system, which will be built using MicroPact's entellitrak software, will automate the legal and adjudicative process regarding emergency response plans, alleged safety and health...

2011-12-06 13:03:00

Massey issued 369 citations and orders with $10.8 million in civil penalties ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that it has imposed a fine of $10,825,368, the largest in agency history, following its investigation into the April 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch-South Mine, which was operated by Performance Coal Co., a subsidiary of Massey Energy Co. The investigation...

2011-11-30 15:47:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that eight mines around the country have received letters putting them on notice that each has a potential pattern of violations of mandatory health or safety standards under Section 104(e) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The PPOV screening from which these letters resulted represents the second since MSHA established the current...

2011-04-12 14:16:00

Unprecedented enforcement action is first in Mine Act history ARLINGTON, Va., April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that it has issued a notice of a pattern of violations to two coal mining operations under Section 104(e) of the federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. Bledsoe Coal Corp.'s Abner Branch Rider Mine in Leslie County, Ky., and The New West Virginia Mining Co.'s Apache Mine in McDowell...

2011-03-30 16:31:00

Flagrant violations an important tool in mine safety enforcement, says Main ARLINGTON, Va., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission has upheld civil penalties assessed against Stillhouse Mining LLC for four flagrant violations of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The violations were found during a Dec. 3, 2006, inspection of the...

2011-03-29 14:39:00

ARLINGTON, Va., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that it will hold a briefing on June 29 to share with the public information gathered during the investigation of the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, W.Va. The briefing will coincide with the one-year anniversary of the start of the underground investigation at the Upper Big Branch Mine and will be held at the National...

2011-01-27 13:53:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that federal inspectors issued 288 citations, orders and safeguards during special impact inspections conducted at 13 coal and 4 metal/nonmetal mine operations last month. The coal mines were issued 170 citations, 15 orders and one safeguard; the metal/nonmetal mines were issued 90 citations and 12 orders. These inspections, which began in force...

2011-01-13 15:44:00

MSHA chief pledges continued enforcement, outreach on behalf of nation's miners ARLINGTON, Va.,, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mining fatalities in the United States significantly increased in 2010, following a year marked by the fewest deaths in mining history, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration. Seventy-one miners died on the job last year, compared to 34 in 2009. Forty-eight of those deaths occurred in coal mines, and 23...

2011-01-05 17:24:00

Case involved motion for preliminary injunction against Freedom Energy ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration and Massey Energy reached a settlement agreement today in a case involving Freedom Energy Mining Co.'s Mine No. 1 located in Pike County, Ky. Last November, MSHA filed in federal court a motion for preliminary injunction against the mine, the first such action ever taken by the agency. Section...

2010-11-03 14:40:00

Action against Massey-owned mine never before initiated in agency's history ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented legal move, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky a motion for preliminary injunction against Freedom Energy Mining Co.'s Mine No. 1. Located in Pike County, Ky., Freedom's Mine No. 1 is owned by Massey Energy Co. Section...