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New Head of MSHA to Hold First Quarterly Stakeholder Conference Call

On February 12, 2018, new Assistant Secretary David G. Zatezalo will hold his first quarterly stakeholder/training call since being confirmed as head of the agency. This stakeholder call is one of the first formal opportunities for the mining community to interact directly with Mr. Zatezalo since his confirmation, providing a glimpse into what can be … Continue Reading

Zatezalo Confirmed as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration

On November 15th, 2017, David Zatezalo was confirmed as the new Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Senate voted 52 for and 46 against to confirm Mr. Zatezalo, as the vote went along party lines, with Republicans voting in favor of the confirmation.  During his confirmation process, Mr. Zatezalo … Continue Reading

David Zatezalo Testifies Before Senate HELP Committee

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) questioned Donald Trump’s nominee to be the new head of MSHA, David Zatezalo, about small mine compliance assistance and technological advances within the mine industry during his recent confirmation hearing. In response, Mr. Zatezalo expressed his support for reinstituting an independent Small Mines Office within … Continue Reading

Zatezalo Nominated to Head Mine Safety Agency

David Zatezalo has been nominated Assistant Secretary for the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Trump Administration announced on September 2, 2017. This announcement comes on the heels of the appointment of Wayne Palmer as interim Head of MSHA. Zatezalo is the former CEO of Rhino Resources, a Kentucky-based coal company. He began his career … Continue Reading

New Acting Head of MSHA Named

On August 21st, 2017, Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, announced that Wayne Palmer, former Chief of Staff for the Department of Labor, will serve as interim Assistant Secretary for the Mine Safety and Health Administration, filling a role not addressed since Donald Trump’s inauguration.  It is not clear if Mr. Palmer has mining experience, as … Continue Reading
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