Everything Old is New Again—The Return of Pre-assessment Informal Conferences - Coal Age Magazine

    31 January 2012

    A long time ago, in a regulatory environment far, far away, operators and MSHA personnel would meet shortly after citations/orders were issued to informally discuss the merits of the enforcement action. These conferences took place before a penalty was assessed, did not require Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission approval, and often resulted in a mutually agreeable outcome requiring no further action by the operator. Then everything changed.

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