The director may institute a civil action for relief, including a permanent or temporary injunction, restraining order, or any other appropriate order in the circuit court of the county in which the mine is located or the circuit court of Kanawha County, whenever the operator or the operator's agent (a) violates or fails or refuses to comply with any order or decision issued under this law, or (b) interferes with, hinders or delays the director or his or her authorized representative in carrying out the provisions of this law, or (c) refuses to admit such representatives to the mine, or (d) refuses to permit the inspection of the mine, or the investigation of an accident or occupational disease occurring in, or connected with, such mine, or (e) refuses to furnish any information or report requested by the director in furtherance of the provisions of this law, or (f) refuses to permit access to, and copying of, such records as the director determines necessary in carrying out the provisions of this law. Each court shall have jurisdiction to provide such relief as may be appropriate. Except as otherwise provided herein, any relief granted by the court to enforce an order under clause (a) of this section shall continue in effect until the completion or final termination of all proceedings for review of such order under this law, unless, prior thereto, the circuit court granting such relief sets it aside or modifies it. In any action instituted under this section to enforce an order or decision issued by the director after a public hearing, the findings of the director, if supported by substantial evidence on the record considered as a whole, shall be conclusive.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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