On February 2, 2011, MSHA published its new proposal to change the current Pattern of Violations (POV) regulations. See 76 Fed. Reg. 5719-5729. A few days later, The New York Times, in an editorial titled Regulating Big Coal’s Bad Actors, characterized the proposed rule as a “stopgap step” that would nevertheless empower MSHA “to shut down a mine with a record of chronic safety violations—instead of waiting years for litigation to play out.”
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Reprinted with permission from Coal Age magazine.