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2006 – Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act (MINER Act) passed

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.