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MSHA News Release No. 95-042
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: (703) 235-1452

November 13, 1995

Federal Inspections of Nation's Mines Would Continue During Possible Government Shutdown

Federal safety and health inspections of the nation's mining operations are set to continue in the event of a government shutdown Tuesday, according to the Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). However, education and training activities aimed at prevention of mining accidents would cease and the agency's National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beckley, W.Va., would be closed.

"We are prepared to carry on all mine safety and health efforts which are allowed during this Federal funding emergency," said J. Davitt McAteer, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "However, we are quite concerned that a number of agency preventive measures would have to cease and we call upon all the mining community to be particularly mindful of potential hazards during this time."

In the event of the shutdown of Federal government operations, mine inspections would continue nationwide and mine emergency response capabilities would be available.

Some current MSHA activities designed to protect the health and safety of miners would be affected during a government shutdown.

Some examples include the following:

MSHA currently employs 2,331 workers throughout the nation including 110 at the National Mine Academy. During the funding emergency, 1,238 of those employees would be furloughed.