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It appears we are going to get some action, as pursued during CY 2010.
Thanks to Alliance Members for their active support and
participation in this process. I have offered to Senator Thune our Chapter’s
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and mine operators of
Safety and Training Director
From: Strong, AshLee (Thune)
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2011 3:51 PM
Subject: RELEASE: Thune Calls for Department of Labor Investigation into SD Mine Inspections
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Andi Fouberg (202) 228-5381
April 7, 2011AshLee Strong (202) 228-5940
Thune Calls for Department of Labor Investigation into SD Mine Inspections
“Businesses and their employees have the right to operate
under fair and consistent federal regulation,” said Thune. “Unfortunately,
mine operators throughout
“I call on the Department of Labor’s Inspector General to
address these continued concerns by conducting an official investigation
of MSHA’s inspection practices in
In October of 2010, Thune organized a meeting with MSHA
regional director Richard Laufenberg in
On December 17, 2010, Thune sent a letter to MSHA Administrator Main to address specific cases of inconsistent MSHA inspections and citations—MSHA has yet to respond to the inquiry despite repeated follow-up inquiries.
The full text of Thune’s letter is included below.
April 7, 2011
Honorable Daniel Petrole
Inspector General (Acting)
Dear Inspector General Petrole:
I write to ask for an investigation into the enforcement
of CFR 30 by the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) office that
is responsible for my home state of
In a letter dated December 17, 2010, I asked Honorable Joseph
Main, the Assistant Secretary for Labor, for MSHA’s consideration of my concerns,
which were brought to my attention by surface miner operators in
MSHA plays a very important role in ensuring safe mining operations for both mine operators and mine employees. However, mine operators in my home state have expressed concern that CRF 30 is not consistently enforced by the MSHA regulators. As you know, inconsistent regulation enforcement poses a significant challenge to these mining operators, who are attempted to run a safe and professional operation. Conflicting enforcement policies place an undue burden in terms of both valuable time and money, and place the safety of the mine and its workers in jeopardy.
I appreciate your timely attention to this matter and your work to ensure the integrity of MSHA regulation enforcement. I have enclosed information provided by the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota, Inc. specifying concerns of inconsistent regulation for your review, and I request that you investigate these concerns to rectify this issue as soon as possible.
AshLee Strong │ Press Secretary
Senator John Thune (R-S.D.)
493 Russell Senate Office Building