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MSHA News Release: [07/25/2006]
Contact: Amy Louviere   Dirk Fillpot
Phone:    (202) 693-9406   (202) 693-9423
Release Number 06-1288-NAT

MSHA Issues Guidance for Developing Emergency Response Plans
Helps Miners Escape Accidents and Protect Miners Trapped After Accidents

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued guidance to underground coal operators to help ensure that miners have available the equipment they need to safely evacuate a mine following an accident, or to protect them if they are trapped.

"All underground coal mines must have the materials necessary to save and preserve lives after a serious accident," said David G. Dye, acting administrator of MSHA.

Emergency response plans required by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 - known as the MINER Act -- are due to MSHA district offices for approval by Aug. 14. Emergency response plans must include: The full text of the MSHA's Program Policy Letter addressing these requirements is available online at

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