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First Substitute S.B. 224

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Senator Mike Dmitrich proposes the following substitute bill:


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COAL MINE SAFETY ACT

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Mike Dmitrich

             5     
House Sponsor: Kay L. McIff

             6     

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions related to mines and mining to enact the Coal Mine Safety
             10      Act.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms;
             14          .    establishes the scope and administration of the chapter;
             15          .    addresses rulemaking;
             16          .    creates the Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety;
             17          .    provides for the appointment of the director;
             18          .    creates the Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council and establishes its duties;
             19          .    establishes the commission's and office's duties related to safety conditions;
             20          .    addresses the reporting of safety conditions in coal mines;
             21          .    requires annual reports on safety by the commission, office, and council;
             22          .    provides for the commission by rule to require certification and recertification of
             23      other coal mine occupations including the certification of a new coal miner; and
             24          .    makes technical and conforming amendments.
             25      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:



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         None
             27      Other Special Clauses:
             28          None
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             30      AMENDS:
             31          34A-1-202, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 155
             32      ENACTS:
             33          40-2-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34          40-2-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35          40-2-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36          40-2-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             37          40-2-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             38          40-2-203, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             39          40-2-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             40          40-2-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             41          40-2-303, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             42      RENUMBERS AND AMENDS:
             43          40-2-104, (Renumbered from 40-2-1.1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter
             44      375)
             45          40-2-204, (Renumbered from 40-2-14, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter
             46      5)
             47          40-2-401, (Renumbered from 40-2-16, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter
             48      5)
             49          40-2-402, (Renumbered from 40-2-15, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter
             50      222)
             51     

             52      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             53          Section 1. Section 34A-1-202 is amended to read:
             54           34A-1-202. Divisions -- Creation -- Duties -- Labor Relations Board, Appeals
             55      Board, councils, and panels.
             56          (1) There is created within the commission the following divisions and office:



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         (a) the Division of Industrial Accidents that shall administer the regulatory
             58      requirements of this title concerning industrial accidents and occupational disease;
             59          (b) the Division of Occupational Safety and Health that shall administer the regulatory
             60      requirements of Chapter 6, Utah Occupational Safety and Health Act;
             61          (c) the Division of Boiler and Elevator Safety that shall administer the regulatory
             62      requirements of Chapter 7, Safety;
             63          (d) the Division of Antidiscrimination and Labor that shall administer the regulatory
             64      requirements of:
             65          (i) Chapter 5, Utah Antidiscrimination Act;
             66          (ii) this title, when specified by statute; and
             67          (iii) Title 57, Chapter 21, Utah Fair Housing Act; [and]
             68          (e) the Division of Adjudication that shall adjudicate claims or actions brought under
             69      this title[.]; and
             70          (f) the Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety created in Section 40-2-201 .
             71          (2) In addition to the divisions created under this section, within the commission are
             72      the following:
             73          (a) the Labor Relations Board created in Section 34-20-3 ;
             74          (b) the Appeals Board created in Section 34A-1-205 ;
             75          (c) the following program advisory councils:
             76          (i) the workers' compensation advisory council created in Section 34A-2-107 ;
             77          (ii) the antidiscrimination and labor advisory council created in Section 34A-5-105 ;
             78      [and]
             79          (iii) the occupational safety and health advisory council created in Section 34A-6-106 ;
             80      [and]
             81          (iv) the Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council created in Section 40-2-203 ; and
             82          [(d)] (v) the [mining certification panel] Coal Miner Certification Panel created in
             83      Section [ 40-2-14 ] 40-2-204 .
             84          (3) In addition to the responsibilities described in this section, the commissioner may
             85      assign to a division a responsibility granted to the commission by law.
             86          Section 2. Section 40-2-101 is enacted to read:
             87     
CHAPTER 2. COAL MINE SAFETY ACT



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Part 1. General Provisions

             89          40-2-101. Title.
             90          This chapter is known as the "Coal Mine Safety Act."
             91          Section 3. Section 40-2-102 is enacted to read:
             92          40-2-102. Definitions.
             93          As used in this chapter:
             94          (1) "Adverse action" means to take any of the following actions against a person in a
             95      manner that affects the person's employment or contractual relationships:
             96          (a) discharge the person;
             97          (b) threaten the person;
             98          (c) coerce the person;
             99          (d) intimidate the person; or
             100          (e) discriminate against the person, including to discriminate in:
             101          (i) compensation;
             102          (ii) terms;
             103          (iii) conditions;
             104          (iv) location;
             105          (v) rights;
             106          (vi) immunities;
             107          (vii) promotions; or
             108          (viii) privileges.
             109          (2) "Coal mine" means:
             110          (a) the following used in extracting coal from its natural deposits in the earth by any
             111      means or method:
             112          (i) the land;
             113          (ii) a structure;
             114          (iii) a facility;
             115          (iv) machinery;
             116          (v) a tool;
             117          (vi) equipment;
             118          (vii) a shaft;



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         (viii) a slope;
             120          (ix) a tunnel;
             121          (x) an excavation; and
             122          (xi) other property; and
             123          (b) the work of preparing extracted coal, including a coal preparation facility.
             124          (3) "Commission" means the Utah Labor Commission created in Section 34A-1-103 .
             125          (4) "Commissioner" means the commissioner appointed under Section 34A-1-201 .
             126          (5) "Director" means the director of the Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety appointed
             127      under Section 40-2-202 .
             128          (6) "Council" means the Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council created in Section
             129      40-2-203 .
             130          (7) "Mine Safety and Health Administration" means the federal Mine Safety and
             131      Health Administration within the United States Department of Labor.
             132          (8) "Major coal mine accident" means any of the following at a coal mine located in
             133      Utah:
             134          (a) a mine explosion;
             135          (b) a mine fire;
             136          (c) the flooding of a mine;
             137          (d) a mine collapse; or
             138          (e) the accidental death of an individual at a mine.
             139          (9) "Office" means the Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety created in Section 40-2-201 .
             140          (10) "Panel" means the Coal Miner Certification Panel created in Section 40-2-204 .
             141          (11) "Unsafe condition" means a danger that reasonably could be expected to cause
             142      serious harm to a person or property.
             143          Section 4. Section 40-2-103 is enacted to read:
             144          40-2-103. Scope and administration of chapter.
             145          (1) This chapter applies to any coal mine located in the state.
             146          (2) The commission:
             147          (a) shall administer this chapter with the assistance of the office; and
             148          (b) has jurisdiction over a coal mine in this state as set forth in this chapter.
             149          Section 5. Section 40-2-104 , which is renumbered from Section 40-2-1.1 is



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     renumbered and amended to read:
             151           [40-2-1.1].     40-2-104. Rulemaking authority.
             152          In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             153      [Labor Commission] commission may make rules necessary to implement this chapter.
             154          Section 6. Section 40-2-201 is enacted to read:
             155     
Part 2. Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety

             156          40-2-201. Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety created.
             157          (1) There is created within the commission the "Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety."
             158          (2) The office, under the direction of the commissioner, shall assist the commission in
             159      administering this chapter.
             160          Section 7. Section 40-2-202 is enacted to read:
             161          40-2-202. Appointment of director.
             162          (1) The director is the chief officer of the office and serves as the executive and
             163      administrative head of the office.
             164          (2) (a) The commissioner shall appoint the director.
             165          (b) The director may be removed from that position at the will of the commissioner.
             166          (3) The director shall receive compensation as provided by Title 67, Chapter 19, Utah
             167      State Personnel Management Act.
             168          (4) The director shall be experienced in administration and possess such additional
             169      qualifications as determined by the commissioner.
             170          Section 8. Section 40-2-203 is enacted to read:
             171          40-2-203. Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council created -- Duties.
             172          (1) Within the office there is created the "Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council"
             173      consisting of 13 voting members and 5 nonvoting members as provided in this section.
             174          (2) (a) The commissioner shall appoint the voting members of the council as follows:
             175          (i) one individual who represents a coal miner union;
             176          (ii) two individuals with coal mining experience;
             177          (iii) two individuals who represent coal mine operators;
             178          (iv) one individual who represents an industry trade association;
             179          (v) two individuals from local law enforcement agencies or emergency medical service
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         (vi) three individuals who have expertise in one or more of the following:
             182          (A) seismology;
             183          (B) mining engineering;
             184          (C) mine safety; or
             185          (D) another related subject; and
             186          (vii) two individuals from entities that provide mine safety training.
             187          (b) The nonvoting members of the council are:
             188          (i) the commissioner or the commissioner's designee;
             189          (ii) the executive director of the Department of Natural Resources or the executive
             190      director's designee;
             191          (iii) the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety or the commissioner's
             192      designee;
             193          (iv) a representative of the Mine Safety and Health Administration selected by the
             194      Mine Safety and Health Administration; and
             195          (v) a representative of the federal Bureau of Land Management selected by the federal
             196      Bureau of Land Management.
             197          (3) (a) Except as required by Subsection (3)(b), a voting member shall serve a
             198      four-year term beginning July 1 and ending June 30.
             199          (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (3)(a), the commission shall, at the
             200      time of appointment of the initial voting members of the council, adjust the length of terms of
             201      the voting members to ensure that the terms of voting members are staggered so that
             202      approximately half of the voting members are appointed every two years.
             203          (4) (a) The commissioner shall terminate the term of a voting member who ceases to be
             204      representative as designated by the voting member's original appointment.
             205          (b) If a vacancy occurs in the voting members, the commissioner shall appoint a
             206      replacement for the unexpired term after soliciting recommendations from the council
             207      members.
             208          (5) (a) The council shall meet at least quarterly.
             209          (b) A majority of the voting members constitutes a quorum.
             210          (c) A vote of the majority of the members of the council when a quorum is present
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         (6) (a) The commissioner or the commissioner's designee is the chair of the council.
             213          (b) The commission shall staff the council.
             214          (7) (a) (i) A member who is not a state or local government employee may not receive
             215      compensation or benefits for the member's service, but may receive per diem and expenses
             216      incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at the rates established by the
             217      Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             218          (ii) A member who is not a state or local government employee may decline to receive
             219      per diem and expenses for the member's service.
             220          (b) (i) A state government officer and employee member who does not receive salary,
             221      per diem, or expenses from the agency the member represents for the member's service may
             222      receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at
             223      the rates established by the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             224          (ii) A state government officer and employee member may decline to receive per diem
             225      and expenses for the member's service.
             226          (c) (i) A local government member who does not receive salary, per diem, or expenses
             227      from the entity that the member represents for the member's service may receive per diem and
             228      expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at the rates established by
             229      the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             230          (ii) A local government member may decline to receive per diem and expenses for the
             231      member's service.
             232          (8) The council shall advise and make recommendations to the commission, the office,
             233      and the Legislature regarding:
             234          (a) safety of coal mines located in Utah;
             235          (b) prevention of coal mine accidents;
             236          (c) effective coal mine emergency response;
             237          (d) coal miner certification and recertification; and
             238          (e) other topics reasonably related to safety of coal mines located in Utah.
             239          Section 9. Section 40-2-204 , which is renumbered from Section 40-2-14 is renumbered
             240      and amended to read:
             241           [40-2-14].     40-2-204. Coal Miner Certification Panel created -- Duties.
             242          [(1) The commissioner of the Labor Commission shall appoint a panel composed of]



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         (1) There is created within the office the "Coal Miner Certification Panel."
             244          (2) The panel consists of:
             245          (a) the commissioner or the commissioner's designee; and
             246          (b) at least eight other members appointed by the commissioner with equal
             247      representation and participation from:
             248          [(a)] (i) [coal mining] management [representatives] of coal mine operations; [and]
             249          [(b)] (ii) hourly coal mining [employee representatives.] employees.
             250          [(2) The panel members shall:]
             251          (3) A member appointed by the commissioner shall:
             252          (a) have at least five years' experience in coal mining in this state;
             253          (b) administer the certification test to [those applicants] an applicant referred to in
             254      Section [ 40-2-15 ] 40-2-402 ;
             255          (c) consult with the commission about applicant qualifications specified in Section
             256      [ 40-2-15 ] 40-2-402 ;
             257          (d) meet when directed by the commissioner or the commissioner's designee; and
             258          (e) hold office at the pleasure of the commissioner.
             259          [(3) Panel members who are not government employees shall receive no]
             260          (4) A panel member who is not a government employee may not receive compensation
             261      or benefits for [their] the member's services, but may receive per diem and expenses incurred in
             262      the performance of the member's official duties at the rates established by the Division of
             263      Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             264          [(4) (a) The Labor Commission shall grant a certificate to each applicant referred to in
             265      Section 40-2-15 who passes the certification test administered by the panel and meets the
             266      qualifications specified in Section 40-2-15 .]
             267          [(b) The Labor Commission may grant a certificate to an applicant involved in
             268      gilsonite or other hydrocarbon mining as provided by rule.]
             269          [(c) The Labor Commission shall enact rules governing the certification procedure,
             270      test, and qualifications for applicants involved in gilsonite or other hydrocarbon mining.]
             271          Section 10. Section 40-2-301 is enacted to read:
             272     
Part 3. Safety Conditions

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         (1) The commissioner shall:
             275          (a) direct the state's efforts to promote coal mine safety; and
             276           (b) S. [investigate or] .S participate S. with the Mine Safety and Health Administration .S in
             276a      an investigation of a major coal mine accident in Utah.
             277          (2) The commission shall establish by rule, made in accordance with Title 63, Chapter
             278      46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act:
             279          (a) a system consistent with Section 40-2-302 to receive, evaluate, and act on a report
             280      of an alleged unsafe condition at a coal mine; and
             281          (b) requirements for a coal mine operator regarding notification of a coal mine accident
             282      as part of a coal mine operator's emergency response plan.
             283          (3) The office may:
             284          (a) conduct one or more studies to promote coal mine safety;
             285          (b) cooperate with educational and other organizations to promote mining engineering
             286      and mine safety training;
             287          (c) establish a cooperative relationship with the Mine Safety and Health Administration
             288      to promote coal mine safety in Utah;
             289          (d) serve as the lead state agency in developing and implementing state and local
             290      response and communication plans for major coal mine accidents in Utah; and
             291          (e) implement the notification requirements established under Subsection (2)(b).
             292          Section 11. Section 40-2-302 is enacted to read:
             293          40-2-302. Reporting of an unsafe condition in coal mines -- Adverse action
             294      prohibited.
             295          (1) Subject to the other provisions of this section, upon the office's receipt of
             296      information from a person of a possible unsafe condition in a coal mine located in Utah, the
             297      office may:
             298          (a) notify the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration;
             299          (b) notify another appropriate federal, state, or local government agency;
             300          (c) contact the operator of the coal mine;
             301          (d) refer the information to the council on a confidential basis; or
             302          (e) take any other authorized action.
             303          (2) The commission, council, or office may not disclose or otherwise make public the
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     unless that person authorizes the commission, council, or office to disclose the person's
             306      identity.
             307          (3) A coal mine operator may not take adverse action against a person because that
             308      person:
             309          (a) reports an alleged unsafe mine condition; or
             310          (b) testifies, assists, or participates in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or
             311      hearing under this chapter.
             312          Section 12. Section 40-2-303 is enacted to read:
             313          40-2-303. Annual report on coal mine safety.
             314          (1) By October 1 of each year, the commission, office, and council shall compile and
             315      submit to the governor and the Legislature a comprehensive report of the status of coal mine
             316      safety within the state for the immediately preceding calendar year.
             317          (2) The report required by this section shall include:
             318          (a) a compilation of major coal mine accidents or other coal mine emergencies within
             319      the state during the calendar year;
             320          (b) a statement of actions by the commission, office, or council to implement this
             321      chapter;
             322          (c) without a breach in confidentiality, a summary of reports of alleged unsafe
             323      conditions received by the office, with a statement of the office's responses;
             324          (d) recommendations for additional action to promote coal mine safety; and
             325          (e) any other items the commission, office, and council consider appropriate.
             326          Section 13. Section 40-2-401 , which is renumbered from Section 40-2-16 is
             327      renumbered and amended to read:
             328     
Part 4. Certification of Coal Miners

             329           [40-2-16].     40-2-401. Necessity of certificate.
             330          (1) A person may not work in [any] an occupation referred to in Section [ 40-2-15 ]
             331      40-2-402 unless granted a certificate by the [Labor Commission] commission.
             332          (2) (a) (i) The [Labor Commission] commission may [issue] grant a temporary coal
             333      mine foreman certificate or a temporary coal mine surface foreman certificate to an applicant
             334      who is:
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         (B) interviewed and found competent by two panel members.
             337          (ii) A certificate [issued] granted under Subsection (2)(a)(i) [shall remain] remains in
             338      effect until:
             339          (A) the next scheduled certification test;
             340          [(B) retest; or]
             341          [(C) terminated by the Labor Commission.]
             342          (B) the person is retested; or
             343          (C) the commission terminates the certificate.
             344          (b) (i) The [Labor Commission may issue] commission may grant a surface foreman
             345      certificate to a current holder of an underground mine foreman certificate, if the applicant has
             346      three years of varied surface mining experience.
             347          (ii) A surface foreman certificate applicant may receive credit for surface experience in
             348      any other industry that has substantially equivalent surface facilities, if the applicant has
             349      performed or is presently performing the duties normally required of a surface foreman.
             350          (3) (a) The [Labor Commission] commission shall collect a fee described in Subsection
             351      (3)(b) for each temporary certificate.
             352          (b) The [Labor Commission] commission shall establish the fee by following [the
             353      procedures and requirements of] Section 63-38-3.2 .
             354          (4) (a) An owner, operator, contractor, lessee, or agent may not employ a worker in any
             355      occupation referred to in Section [ 40-2-15 ] 40-2-402 who is uncertified.
             356          (b) The certificate shall be on file and available for inspection to interested persons in
             357      the office of the coal mine.
             358          (5) The commission shall grant a certificate to an applicant referred to in Section
             359      40-2-402 who:
             360          (a) passes the certification test administered by the panel; and
             361          (b) meets the qualifications specified in Section 40-2-402 .
             362          (6) (a) The commission may grant a certificate to an applicant involved in gilsonite or
             363      other hydrocarbon mining as provided by rule.
             364          (b) The commission shall enact rules governing the certification procedure, test, and
             365      qualifications for applicants involved in gilsonite or other hydrocarbon mining.
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     mine occupations, including the certification of a new coal miner.
             368          Section 14. Section 40-2-402 , which is renumbered from Section 40-2-15 is
             369      renumbered and amended to read:
             370           [40-2-15].     40-2-402. Certification requirements.
             371          (1) The [Labor Commission] commission shall collect a fee for:
             372          [(a) certification tests; or]
             373          [(b) sections of the test that must be retaken.]
             374          (a) the taking of a certification test; or
             375          (b) the retaking of one or more sections of a certification test.
             376          (2) (a) The [Labor Commission] commission shall establish fees by following [the
             377      procedures and requirements of] Section 63-38-3.2 .
             378          (b) Notwithstanding Subsection 63-38-3.2 (2)(e), the [Labor Commission] commission:
             379          (i) shall retain the fees as dedicated credits; and
             380          (ii) may only use the fees to administer the certification test.
             381          (3) An applicant who fails any section of the certification test may retake that section
             382      of the test.
             383          (4) (a) An applicant who wishes to obtain a mine foreman certificate shall have at least
             384      four years varied underground coal mining experience, of which:
             385          (i) two years' experience may be credited to a mining engineering graduate of an
             386      [approved] accredited four-year college; or
             387          (ii) one year's experience may be credited to a graduate of a two-year course in mining
             388      technology.
             389          (b) (i) An applicant who wishes to obtain a surface foreman certificate shall have at
             390      least three years of varied surface experience.
             391          (ii) The [Labor Commission] commission may grant a surface foreman certificate
             392      applicant credit for surface experience in any other industry that has substantially equivalent
             393      surface facilities.
             394          (c) An applicant who wishes to obtain a fire boss certificate shall have at least two
             395      years of underground coal mining experience, of which:
             396          (i) one year's experience may be credited to a mining engineering graduate of an
             397      [approved] accredited four-year college; or



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         (ii) six months' experience may be credited to a graduate of a two-year course in
             399      mining technology.
             400          (d) An applicant who wishes to obtain an underground mine electrician certificate shall
             401      have at least one year of varied electrical experience as specified in 30 C.F.R. Sec. 75.153.
             402          (e) An applicant who wishes to obtain a surface mine electrician certificate shall have
             403      at least one year of varied surface electrical experience as specified in 30 C.F.R. Sec. 77.103.
             404          (5) A certificate [issued] granted under Section [ 40-2-14 ] 40-2-401 and this section
             405      shall expire if the certificate holder ceases to work in the mining industry or a mine related
             406      industry for more than five consecutive years.


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