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DOL/MSHA News Release No. 02-235
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Rodney Brown
Phone: (703) 235-1452

Released Friday, April 19, 2002

Mine Safety Agency to Relocate Headquarters Office

ARLINGTON, Va.-The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today announced its intention to relocate the agency's headquarters office next month to a new location within Arlington, Va.

"We hope to make this transition seamless and we're confident we can complete the move without any reduction in the services we provide," said Dave Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "This office will be moving just a short distance within the same northern Virginia area."

The new location for MSHA headquarters will be in the Rosslyn area of Arlington County, at 1100 Wilson Blvd., 21st Floor, Arlington, Va., 22209-3939. The move will take place beginning Friday, May 17. All agency offices are expected to be in full operation by Monday, May 20.

The move will also change telephone numbers for reaching the agency's headquarters. Beginning May 20, the agency telephone number for general inquiries will be 202-693-9899. Mine operators and mining industry groups are being notified of the move by letter and will be provided a listing of new telephone numbers for key agency officials at the new location prior to the move.

MSHA, which promotes miner safety and health through a program of inspection, education and training, compliance assistance and technical support at mining operations nationwide, has offices in 38 states. The impending move will only impact the headquarters personnel and offices located in Arlington, Va. The headquarters move is necessary due to the termination of the agency's lease for its current headquarters site in Arlington County's Ballston area.