"Enforcement" is now the word of emphasis at the Mine Safety and Health Administration. According to MSHA statistics, civil penalties to coal mines climbed 1,152%, $12.2 million to $152.7 million, from 2000 to 2008 – supposedly the era of cooperation between operators and the agency. With the price of poker going up, operators need to be keenly aware of the procedures for contesting citations and civil penalties. The first step is making sure you're in the game and that requires filing your contest by returning MSHA's proposed penalty assessment form, also known as the 1000-179 form, within 30 days of receipt.
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