Cases Currently on Review Before the Commission
Date When Review was Granted
Description of the Case
Pocahontas Coal Co.
WEVA 2014-395-R, et al.
Whether the Judge erred by finding that MSHA had established a pattern of violations at the mine in question.
Mach Mining, Inc.
LAKE 2014-77, et al.
Whether the Judge erred by ruling that the operator did not violate the standard requiring that electrical protection devices on high-voltage longwall equipment be maintained.
The American Coal Co.
Whether on remand the Judge erred by not adequately explaining the basis for the assessed penalty amounts.
Whether the Judge erred in upholding a citation alleging that a miner had not used fall protection when required.
Signal Peak Energy, LLC
Whether the Judge erred in concluding that the MSHA District Manager did not act arbitrarily or capriciously in rejecting the operator’s ventilation plan.
M-Class Mining, LLC
Whether the Judge erred by concluding that miner was not required to wear gloves while troubleshooting an energized continuous mining machine.
Consol Pennsylvania Coal Co.
Whether the Judge erred in concluding that the operator violated a reporting requirement that applies when an accident has a “reasonable potential to cause death.”
McNary v. Alcoa World Alumina
On remand from the Commission, whether the Judge erred by ruling that the Complainant had failed to establish that his supervisor’s actions constituted unlawful interference with his rights under the Mine Act.
Solar Sources, Inc.
Whether the Judge abused his discretion and failed to adequately explain the basis for the penalty he imposed.
Solar Sources, Inc.
On interlocutory review, whether the Secretary possess unreviewable discretion to withdraw a specially assessed proposed penalty.
Sunbelt Rentals, Inc.
Whether the Judge erred in ruling that a particular location in a preheat tower was a “working place” for purposes of an examination requirement.
Peabody Midwest Mining, LLC
Whether the Judge erred in concluding that a violation of the mine’s Emergency Response Plan was “significant and substantial.”