100-year-old mining inspection policy will be updated

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Mining companies and employees will have an updated list of mine inspection standards to abide by.

A new law, sponsored by Rep. Tom Anzelc (DFL-Balsam Township) and Sen. David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm), will clarify language related to mine inspection policy and require inspectors to have at least two years of practical experience in mining or mining-related safety work.

Signed by Gov. Mark Dayton May 2 and effective Aug. 1, 2013, the law will allow counties to abate the nuisance of an abandoned mine through various remedies and recover costs as a special assessment. The law will also require notice of an accident to the inspector of mines within one hour of the stabilization of the scene.

The statute hasn’t been changed since 1905, according to Anzelc.

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