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MSHA News Release No. 2000-0406
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Rodney Brown
Phone: (703) 235-1452

Released Thursday, April 6, 2000

Mine Operators May Now File Required Information over the Internet

  Operators of any U.S. mining site may now file legal identity reports with the Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) over the Internet. Mine operators and independent contractors can now submit MSHA form 2000-7, the legal identification report, using a standard computer terminal with a modem providing access to the world wide web.

  "We'd like to make compliance with MSHA requirements as simple and easy as possible," said Davitt McAteer, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "This new service will greatly reduce the paperwork burden for mine operators submitting this important information."

  Federal regulations require that every mine operator submit information that includes the name, and address of the mine, the name and address of the person who controls or operates the mine, as well as any changes to this information, to MSHA in a prompt manner. Previously, it was required that mine operators file the legal identity report and every change of any information contained in that report, to MSHA by properly completing MSHA form 2000-7 and mailing or otherwise delivering the form to the appropriate agency district office.

  Effective immediately, computer users may file the legal identity report with MSHA online using the agency's homepage at Once on the MSHA homepage, computer users should click on "forms and on-line filings" and then, "form 2000-7, legal identity report." From there, users should follow the on-line filing instructions.

  Also effective immediately, any changes that need to be reported in the legal identity information can be done by providing only the information that has changed–rather than completing a new form in its entirety–either on-line or through the mail.

  Mine operators who choose not to use the on-line service may continue to submit any required information by completing and mailing legal identity report to the appropriate MSHA office. Those who are unsure of which office to file the form with, may mail the legal identity report to MSHA's Office of Assessments, 7 North Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Suite 432, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18702.

  MSHA has responsibility for inspection of all U.S. mining operations for compliance with regulations intended to protect workers' safety and health. The agency also investigates all serious and fatal accidents that occur at mining operations.