(a) A mine operator shall submit a detailed ventilation plan and any addendums to the director for review and comment. The mine operator shall review the plan with the director and address concerns to the extent practicable. The operator shall deliver to the miners' representative employed by the operator at the mine, if any, a copy of the operator's proposed annual ventilation plan at least ten days prior to the date of submission. The miners' representative, if any, shall be afforded the opportunity to submit written comments to the operator prior to such submission; in addition the miners' representative, if any, may submit written comments to the director. The director shall submit any concern that is not addressed to the United States Department of Labor - Mine Safety and Health Administration [MSHA] through comments to the plan. The mine operator shall provide a copy of the plan to the director ten days prior to the submittal of the plan to MSHA.
(b) The operator shall give the director a copy of the MSHA-approved plan and any addendums as soon as the operator receives the approval.
(c) In the event of an unforeseen situation requiring immediate action on a plan revision, the operator shall submit the proposed revision to the director and the miners' representative, if any, employed by the operator at the mine when the proposed revision is submitted to MSHA. The director shall work with the operator to review and comment on the proposed plan revision to MSHA as quickly as possible.
(d) Upon approval by MSHA, the plan is enforceable by the director. The approved plan and all revisions and addendums
thereto shall be posted on the mine bulletin board and made
available for inspection by the miners at that mine for the period
of time that they are in effect.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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