Summary and Text of Amendments to H.R. 2768 - Supplemental Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2007

Listed in Alphabetical Order

January 15, 2008 4:16 PM
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Boucher (VA)

#1

(REVISED) The amendment authorizes $10,000,000 to award grants to provide rehabilitation services to current and former miners suffering from mental health impairments, including drug addiction and substance abuse issues, which may have been caused or exacerbated by their work as miners.

Ellsworth (IN)

#3

This amendment offers relief to mine operators that have been assessed penalties and pay them in a timely fashion. It also establishes a trust fund within Treasury, composed of mine safety civil penalties.  Funds from the trust fund can be used for mine safety inspections and investigations only.

Miller, George (CA)

#2

(REVISED) The Manager’s amendment would provide the mining industry with more time to install a new generation of fire-resistant conveyor belts.  The amendment would also provide funds for MSHA to purchase a new generation of dust monitoring devices to limit black lung disease, and ensure that breathable air requirements of the MINER Act of 2006 are properly implemented. In addition, the amendment requires that the Secretary of Labor conduct a study on substance abuse by miners with recommendations for policy changes, in consultation with all interested parties. The Secretary shall report the findings within six months of the bill's enactment and, if she deems it feasible and effective, shall be authorized to establish a miner substance abuse testing, rehabilitation, and treatment program within MSHA in consultation with the interested parties.

Wilson, Joe (SC)/Kline (MN)

#4

Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute.  The substitute amendment promotes the continued robust implementation of the 2006 MINER Act, increases worker safety by providing miners the opportunity to have a voice in mine safety, expands substance abuse programs to all mines to ensure safe working conditions for all miners, and addresses issues raised by the recent Crandall Canyon disaster.