Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act Law and Legal Definition

The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act commonly known as the Miner Act was enacted in 2006. The Act amends the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The Act requires the underground coal miners:

1. to carry out continuously a program to improve accident preparedness and response at each mine; and

2. to adopt and update accident response plan for evacuations and for maintenance of individuals trapped underground.

The Act further requires:

1. emergency response plan;

2. promotion of the use of equipment and technology that is currently commercially available;

3. emergency response plan to be continuously reviewed, updated and re-certified by MSHA every six months;

4. Secretary of Labor to require wireless two-way communications and an electronic tracking system within three years, permitting those on the surface to locate persons trapped underground;

5. each mine to make available two experienced rescue teams capable of a one hour response time;

6. mine operators to make notification of all incidents/accidents which pose a reasonable risk of death within 15 minutes;

7. to establish a competitive grant program for new mine safety technology;

8. to establish an interagency working group to provide a formal means of sharing non-classified technology that would have applicability to mine safety;

9. raising the criminal penalty;

10. creating a scholarship program to miners and those who wish to become miners;

11. to establish the Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants program to provide training grants to better identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around the mines.