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Department of Energy
Department of Energy
Rules and Regulations Governing Disruption of Communications in Mines [4 VAC 25 ‑ 70]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description The regulation ensures that there is a system of communication between those mining coal underground and mine personnel on the surface so miners can get help in case of an emergency.
State Authority Virginia Code Sections 45.1-161.3 , 45.1-161.106 , 45.1-161.191
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To provide for the safety of persons at the mine by providing a system of emergency communication.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Michael Skiffington  / Regulatory Coordinator
Address: Department of Energy
1100 Bank Street, 8th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219-3402
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)692-3212    FAX: (804)692-3237    TDD: (800)828-1120
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Regulatory action to reflect agency name change and recodification of Title 45.1 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/31/2022.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
7/30/2020 Agency Completed Retain As Is
9/8/2015 Agency Completed Retain As Is
7/14/2011 Agency Completed Retain As Is
9/28/2007 Agency Completed Retain As Is