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Rules and Regulations Governing the Installation and Use of Automated Temporary Roof Support Systems [4 VAC 25 ‑ 60]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description The regulation serves to protect miners from unsupported roof falls before permanent roof supports are installed in a newly mined area of an underground coal mine.
State Authority Virginia Code Sections 45.1-161.3 , 45.1-161.106 , 45.1-161.114
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 1. To provide for the safety of persons assigned to install permanent roof support at the mine by reducing the risk of accident or injury from fall of roof material.

2. To encourage more productive coal mines.

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
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7/30/2020 Completed Retain As Is
9/8/2015 Completed Retain As Is
7/14/2011 Completed Retain As Is
9/28/2007 Completed Retain As Is