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MSHA Nominee Appears Before Senate Committee

Posted By Chris Greissing, Thursday, October 5, 2017

MSHA Nominee Appears Before Senate Committee


The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held the confirmation hearing for David Zatezalo the Trump Administration’s nominee to be the Assistant Secretary for the Mine Safety and Health Administration.  The hearing also covered the nominations for two other Department of Labor positions, the Wage and Hour Division Administrator (Cheryl Stanton) and the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (Peter Robb).  


During the question and answer period, Mr. Zatezalo stressed the need to continue to provide consistent enforcement throughout the country at mine sites. He discussed the importance of improving safety technologies such as proximity detection sensors and other new technologies to make the mines as safe as possible.  He also discussed the possibility of reinvigorating the small mine office that was folded into the overall education program at MSHA in 2014.  


It is expected that Mr. Zatezalo will receive a vote on his nomination in Committee in two weeks following the Columbus Day recess next week, and then action is anticipated on the floor shortly thereafter.


IMA-NA looks forward to working with Mr. Zatezalo upon his confirmation.  


To view the hearing, click here.


To view the testimony of Mr. Zatezalo, click here

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