Coal Mine Safety Act (Virginia)

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Place Virginia

Applies to States or Provinces Virginia
Name Coal Mine Safety Act (Virginia)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Safety and Operational Guidelines
Affected Technologies Coal with CCS
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-05-13
Last Substantive Modification
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Information Source


This Act is the primary legislation pertaining to coal mine safety in Virginia. It contains information on safety rules, safety standards and required certifications for mine workers, prohibited acts in mines, mine inspections, rescue crews, incident procedures, fees, and worker training programs. Additional requirements, specific to underground and surface coal mines, are found in the next two sections.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Randy Moore, Division Chief
Department Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
Division Division of Mines
Address 3405 Mountain Empire Road
Address 2 P.O. Drawer 900
Place Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Zip/Postal Code 24219
Phone (276) 523-8236
Phone 2 (276) 523-8100
Fax (276) 523-8239


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Va. Code 45.1-161.7 through 45.1-161.104 (Coal Mine Safety Act)

Authority 2: Va. Code 45.1-161.105 through 45.1-161.252 (Requirements Applicable to Underground Coal Mines)

Authority 3: Va. Code 45.1-161.253 through 45.1-161.292 (Requirements Applicable to Surface Coal Mines)

Authority 4: 4 Va. Admin. Code 25-140

Authority 5: Va. Code 45.1-161.310 through 45.1-161.311 (Rights of Owners of Land Adjacent to Coal Mines)

Authority 6: Va. Code 45.1-221 through 45.1-225 (Coal Mining Refuse Piles, Water and Silt Retaining Dams)