HR 1579

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

H. R. 1579

To improve compliance with mine safety and health laws, empower miners to raise safety concerns, prevent future mine tragedies, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 15, 2011

Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California (for himself, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mr. RAHALL, Mr. HOLT, Ms. HIRONO, Ms. SUTTON, Mr. PAYNE, and Mr. GRIJALVA) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

To improve compliance with mine safety and health laws, empower miners to raise safety concerns, prevent future mine tragedies, and for other purposes.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

TITLE I--ADDITIONAL INSPECTION AND INVESTIGATION AUTHORITY

TITLE II--ENHANCED ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY

TITLE III--PENALTIES

TITLE IV--MINERS' RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS

TITLE V--MODERNIZING HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS

TITLE VI--ADDITIONAL MINE SAFETY PROVISIONS

SEC. 2. REFERENCES.

TITLE I--ADDITIONAL INSPECTION AND INVESTIGATION AUTHORITY

SEC. 101. INDEPENDENT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS.

SEC. 102. SUBPOENA AUTHORITY AND MINER RIGHTS DURING INSPECTIONS AND INVESTIGATIONS.

SEC. 103. DESIGNATION OF MINER REPRESENTATIVE.

SEC. 104. ADDITIONAL AMENDMENTS RELATING TO INSPECTIONS AND INVESTIGATIONS.

TITLE II--ENHANCED ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY

SEC. 201. TECHNICAL AMENDMENT.

SEC. 202. A PATTERN OF RECURRING NONCOMPLIANCE OR ACCIDENTS.

SEC. 203. INJUNCTIVE AUTHORITY.

SEC. 204. REVOCATION OF APPROVAL OF PLANS.

SEC. 205. CHALLENGING A DECISION TO APPROVE, MODIFY, OR REVOKE A COAL OR OTHER MINE PLAN.

SEC. 206. GAO STUDY ON MSHA MINE PLAN APPROVAL.

TITLE III--PENALTIES

SEC. 301. CIVIL PENALTIES.

SEC. 302. CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LIABILITY OF OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AND AGENTS.

SEC. 303. CRIMINAL PENALTIES.

SEC. 304. COMMISSION REVIEW OF PENALTY ASSESSMENTS.

SEC. 305. DELINQUENT PAYMENTS AND PREJUDGMENT INTEREST.

TITLE IV--MINERS' RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS

SEC. 401. PROTECTION FROM RETALIATION.

SEC. 402. PROTECTION FROM LOSS OF PAY.

`SEC. 111. ENTITLEMENT OF MINERS.

SEC. 403. UNDERGROUND COAL MINER EMPLOYMENT STANDARD FOR MINES PLACED IN PATTERN STATUS.

`SEC. 117. UNDERGROUND COAL MINER EMPLOYMENT STANDARD FOR MINES PLACED IN PATTERN STATUS.

TITLE V--MODERNIZING HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS

SEC. 501. PRE-SHIFT REVIEW OF MINE CONDITIONS.

SEC. 502. ROCK DUST STANDARDS.

SEC. 503. ATMOSPHERIC MONITORING SYSTEMS.

SEC. 504. TECHNOLOGY RELATED TO RESPIRABLE DUST.

SEC. 505. REFRESHER TRAINING ON MINERS' RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

SEC. 506. AUTHORITY TO MANDATE ADDITIONAL TRAINING.

SEC. 507. BROOKWOOD-SAGO MINE SAFETY GRANTS.

SEC. 508. CERTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL.

`SEC. 118. CERTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL.

TITLE VI--ADDITIONAL MINE SAFETY PROVISIONS

SEC. 601. DEFINITIONS.

SEC. 602. ASSISTANCE TO STATES.

SEC. 603. BLACK LUNG MEDICAL REPORTS.

`SEC. 435. MEDICAL REPORTS.

SEC. 604. AUTHORIZATION OF COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS BY NIOSH OFFICE OF MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH.

SEC. 605. RULES OF APPLICATION TO CERTAIN MINES.

`SEC. 119. APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS TO CERTAIN MINES.

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