In 2006, the MINER Act (Public Law 109-236) amended the Mine Act of 1977 to require:
- Mine-specific emergency response plans in underground coal mines
- New regulations regarding mine rescue teams and sealing of abandoned areas
- Prompt notification of mine accidents
- Enhanced civil penalties
To learn more about the history and contents of the 2006 MINER Act, please see Senate Report No. 109-365.