There is hereby established the Interim Compliance Panel, which shall be composed of five members as follows:
(1)Assistant Secretary of Labor for Labor Standards, Department of Labor, or his delegate;
(2)Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce, or his delegate;
(3)Administrator of Consumer Protection and Environmental Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, or his delegate;
(4)Director of the United States Bureau of Mines, Department of the Interior, or his delegate; and
(5)Director of the National Science Foundation, or his delegate.
(b) Compensation; travel and subsistence expenses
Members of the Panel shall serve without compensation in addition to that received in their regular employment, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for travel, subsistence, and other necessary expenses incurred by them in the performance of duties vested in the Panel.
(c) Cooperation of Federal agencies
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of the Interior, and the Secretary shall, upon request of the Panel, provide the Panel such personnel and other assistance as the Panel determines necessary to enable it to carry out its functions under this chapter.
(d) Quorum; voting; selection of chairman
Three members of the Panel shall constitute a quorum for doing business. All decisions of the Panel shall be by majority vote. The chairman of the Panel shall be selected by the members from among the membership thereof.
(e) Appointment of administrative law judges; provisions applicable
The Panel is authorized to appoint as many administrative law judges as are necessary for proceedings required to be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. The provisions applicable to administrative law judges appointed under section
3105 of title
5 shall be applicable to administrative law judges appointed pursuant to this subsection.
(f) Functions; hearings; notice and review; termination; annual report
(1)It shall be the function of the Panel to carry out the duties imposed on it pursuant to this chapter and to provide an opportunity for a public hearing, after notice, at the request of an operator of the affected coal mine or the representative of the miners of such mine. Any operator or representative of miners aggrieved by a final decision of the Panel may file a petition for review of such decision under section
816 of this title. The provisions of this section shall terminate upon completion of the Panel’s functions as set forth under this chapter. Any hearing held pursuant to this subsection shall be of record and the Panel shall make findings of fact and shall issue a written decision incorporating its findings therein in accordance with section
554 of title
(2)The Panel shall make an annual report, in writing, to the Secretary for transmittal by him to the Congress concerning the achievement of its purposes, and any other relevant information (including any recommendations) which it deems appropriate.
This chapter, referred to in subsecs. (c), (e), and (f)(1), was in the original “this Act”, meaning Pub. L. 91–173, Dec. 30, 1969, 83 Stat. 742, known as the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, which is classified principally to this chapter. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section
801 of this title and Tables.
1988—Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 100–418substituted “National Institute of Standards and Technology” for “Bureau of Standards”.
1978—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 95–251substituted “administrative law judges” for “hearing examiners” wherever appearing.
1977—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 95–164substituted “Secretary of the Interior” for “Secretary of Labor”.
Change of Name
“United States Bureau of Mines” substituted for “Bureau of Mines” in subsec. (a)(4) pursuant to section 10(b) ofPub. L. 102–285, set out as a note under section
1 of this title. For provisions relating to closure and transfer of functions of the United States Bureau of Mines, see Transfer of Functions note set out under section
1 of this title.
“Department of Health and Human Services” substituted for “Department of Health, Education, and Welfare” in subsec. (a) and “Secretary of Health and Human Services” substituted for “Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare” in subsec. (c) pursuant to section 509(b) ofPub. L. 96–88which is classified to section
3508(b) of Title
Effective Date of 1977 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 95–164effective 120 days after Nov. 9, 1977, except as otherwise provided, see section 307 ofPub. L. 95–164, set out as a note under section
801 of this title.
Termination of Reporting Requirements
For termination, effective May 15, 2000, of provisions in subsec. (f)(2) of this section relating to transmitting annual report to Congress, see section 3003 ofPub. L. 104–66, as amended, set out as a note under section
1113 of Title
31, Money and Finance, and page 114 of House Document No. 103–7.
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