HB2437 HFA Miley an Caputo 3-1


    Delegates Miley and Caputo move to amend the bill on page one, following the enacting clause, by striking out the remainder of the bill and inserting in lieu thereof, the following:

    “That the Code of West Virginia, 1931 as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §22A-6-11, to read as follows:


§22A-6-11. Study of methane detecting shut off devices.

    Study of Automatic shut-down of mining machines. -- The Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety is directed to conduct a study of the safety of installation of methane detection shut-off devices on machine extraction apparatus, including, but not limited to, long wall sheers and cutter heads. The Office shall study the benefits and appropriateness of requiring the installation of these devices, to determine if there are safety benefits, and whether the Office recommends to the Legislature that requirements regarding mandating these devises in underground mines is warranted. The Office shall report to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Government and Finance by December 31, 2011 with recommendations regarding whether it is appropriate to implement any requirements.