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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 as a miner with Consolidation Coal in 1974. He later served in a management role in the coal segment of American Electrical Power. He holds a degree in mine engineering from West Virginia University.

The aggregate community was lobbying for someone from with a metal/non-metal background to take this role. However, industry professionals expected the Trump Administration to offer this position to a mining professional with coal experience. A significant question will focus on the rulemaking agenda of the agency with Zatezalo heading it. Specifically, what will be the direction of the proposed workplace examination rule, which is due to take effect in October 2, 2017?

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Of Counsel

Justin M. Winter is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling. His practice focuses on workplace safety and health, and representing clients in MSHA proceedings and before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

Mr. Winter handles contests of MSHA citations and orders, and routinely assists clients during inspection, including communication with MSHA local field and...