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U.S. Department of Labor


Mine Safety and Health Administration
1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22209-3939

ISSUE DATE: December 23, 2013

PROGRAM INFORMATION BULLETIN NO. P13-05

FROM:              MARVIN LICHTENFELS
                        Acting Administrator for Metal and Nonmetal
                        Mine Safety and Health

SUBJECT:    Realignment of District Mine Inspection Boundaries

Scope
This Program Information Bulletin (PIB) applies to Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Metal and Nonmetal (MNM) enforcement personnel, MNM mine operators and miners' representatives, independent contractors, and other interested parties.

Purpose
The purpose of this PIB is to provide information on MSHA’s Metal and Nonmetal program area change in current district office boundaries and assigned inspection areas.

Information
On October 1, 2013, the MNM program area transitioned a realignment that resulted in minor modifications to district boundaries. Under the new structure, jurisdiction over the Staunton, Virginia Field Office was transferred from the Southeast District in Birmingham, Alabama to the Northeast District in Warrendale, Pennsylvania.

Background
The Staunton Field Office was originally with the Northeast District and was transferred to the Southeast District in September 2010. The Southeast District has since gained an office increasing the number of field offices within the district. Transferring the field office back to the Northeast District will re-balance and level the workload within the program area in order to support the Agency’s mandated inspection completion initiative.

Authority
The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, as amended, 30 U.S.C. § 801 et seq.

Internet Availability
This PIB may be viewed on the Internet by accessing MSHA's home page at (www.msha.gov), choosing "Compliance Info" and "Program Information Bulletins."

Issuing Office and /Contact Person
Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health
Chief of Safety
Brian Goepfert, (202) 693-9600
E-mail: Goepfert.Brian@dol.gov

Distribution
MSHA Program Policy Manual Holders
MSHA Enforcement Personnel
Metal and Nonmetal Mine Operators
Metal and Nonmetal Independent Contractors
Special Interest Groups