2012 brought many changes to the mining industry including regulatory enactments, such as the revised underground mine examination rule, and the anticipated pattern of violations rule. These regulatory enactments along with MSHA’s “backlog” program and civil penalty parameters for administrative law judges will be discussed in this lead-off energy webcast for 2013. Jeff Phillips and Jonathan Ellis will provide a recap of 2012 developments and discuss what 2013 holds for MSHA and the mining industry. Discussion will highlight:

  • Developments in the mining industry in 2012
  • Legal decision regarding document production and flagrant violations
  • Criminal ramifications in light of the UBB accident
  • Industry forecast for 2013


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