Burrell Events

Bid Opportunity

Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project in Carbon County 

On November 17, 2017, a bid was issued for an abandoned mine reclamation project in Carbon County.

The principal items of work and approximate quantities include: clearing and grubbing, 177.6 acres; grading, 1,937,857 cubic yards; drainage excavation, 8,066 cubic yards; and granular sodium bentonite clay lining 605 tons.

All bids will be opened on December 14, 2017, at 2 p.m.

Bid documents, including drawings in PDF format and Auto-Cad Map 3D format, may be downloaded for free by going to www.BidExpress.com. For additional information please contact the PA DEP Construction Contracts Section at (717) 787-7820.

Policy & Regulatory Update

Zatezalo Confirmed as Head of MSHA 

David Zatezalo was confirmed by the United State Senate, by a vote of 52-46, to be Assistant Labor Secretary of Mine Safety and Health, Assistant Secretary Zatezalo’s is expected to be sworn into office in the beginning of December. Zatezalo’s career in the mining industry spans almost 40 years. Before retiring in 2014, Zatezalo was president and CEO of Rhino Researches GP LCC. He earned a mining engineering degree from West Virginia University in 1977, and later an MBA from Ohio University. Earlier this year, PCA recommended Zatezalo’s appointment to this key position.

Sensitive Ground Fault regulation approved by IRRC

A regulatory proposal from the Board of Coal Mine Safety requiring the use of sensitive ground faults on electrical equipment on a working section of an underground coal mine was approved unanimously by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) this month. The proposal requires that a sensitive ground fault device be connected so that any associated circuit will be interrupted upon the occurrence of a ground fault. The proposal contains exception in the event of nuisance tripping, and provides mine operators with a 60-month implementation timeframe. The regulation will be effective once published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.