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Mine Operators’ Attorneys Doubt an MSHA Virus Rule Will Emerge

March 23, 2021, 8:32 PM

Mine operators’ attorneys are starting to doubt whether the federal mine safety agency will issue an emergency temporary standard to protect workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A group of those lawyers discussed the prospects for a Mine Safety and Health Administration measure during the American Bar Association’s Occupational Safety and Health Midwinter Meeting on a Tuesday virtual conference panel discussion.

“I don’t think they are going to do it,” said Hank Moore, an attorney at Fisher & Phillips LLP in Pittsburgh. Citing increased vaccination availability and inevitable legal challenges to any promulgated rule, Moore said, “If they issue an ...