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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB72 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: Criteria and Procedures for Proposed Assessment of Civil Penalties 

Congress intended that the imposition of civil penalties would induce mine operators to be proactive in their approach to mine safety and health, and take necessary action to prevent safety and health hazards before they occur. The assessment of civil penalties is a key component in MSHA’s strategy to enforce safety and health standards. MSHA published a proposed rule that would revise the process for proposing civil penalties. The proposed rule also included three alternatives on the scope of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission’s review of proposed penalties to improve the consistence and predictability of civil penalty assessments. MSHA is withdrawing the proposed rule in response to comments recommending that MSHA retain the existing process for proposing civil penalties.  Although MSHA is withdrawing the proposed rule, the Agency will continue to focus on inspector training to improve the efficiency of the Agency's efforts and to facilitate the resolution of enforcement issues.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 100   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 815    30 U.S.C. 820    30 U.S.C. 957   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/31/2014  79 FR 44494   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/29/2014 
NPRM Comment Period Extended  09/16/2014  79 FR 55408   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  12/03/2014 
NPRM Notice of Public Hearings, Close of Comment Period  11/07/2014  79 FR 66345   
NPRM Notice of Public Hearings, Close of Comment Period End  01/09/2015 
NPRM Notice of Public Hearing; Extension of Comment Period; Close of Record  12/31/2014  79 FR 78749   
Extension of Comment Period End  03/12/2015 
NPRM Comment Period Extended; Close of Record  02/10/2015  80 FR 7393   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  03/31/2015 
Withdrawn  03/30/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Sheila McConnell
Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
201 12th Street South, Room 4E401,
Arlington, VA 22202-5452
Phone:202 693-9440
Fax:202 693-9441