Msha To Boost Civil Penalties – U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration to increase its fines

Msha To Boost Civil Penalties – U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration to increase its fines – Brief Article

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) plans to increase its fines by about 10% to account for inflation. The new fine schedule raises the maximum civil penalty from $55,000 to $60,000. The new fines will take effect April 11 and they will apply to citations and orders issued after April 11, but not to pending fines.

The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 authorizes federal agencies to adjust civil penalties to account for inflation at least once every four years.

MSHA last adjusted its fines for inflation in June 1998. The agency plans to increase its civil penalties by 10.4%, a factor equal to the increase in the government’s consumer price inflation index since then.

The direct final rule increases the maximum daily civil penalty by $1,000 to $6,500. It keeps the penalty for miners who use or carry smoking materials underground at $275, because the Inflation Adjustment Act requires agencies to round some penalty increases to the nearest $100.

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