Bloomberg Law
June 29, 2020, 6:15 PM

Mine Safety Agency Nixes Unions’ Call for Emergency Virus Rule

Fatima Hussein
Fatima Hussein
Legal Reporter

The Mine Safety and Health Administration rejected two unions’ call from earlier this month for the agency to create an emergency temporary standard protecting miners from infectious diseases.

The United Mine Workers of America International Union and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers jointly filed a petition June 16 seeking an order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to force the agency to create an emergency temporary standard.

MSHA said in a Friday filing that asking the agency to issue an emergency standard “would not guarantee ...

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