The BCOA is a leading spokesman before Congress and the Executive Branch on Coal Industry health and safety issues.
Its safety committee is comprised of senior safety officials of major coal producers and is proactive in seeking ways to improve safety at the nation's coal mines.The current Safety Committee group consists of Alpha Natural Resources, Consol Energy, Inc., Jim Walter Resources, Patriot Coal Company and Peabody Energy Corporation.
BCOA's President, David M. Young and BCOA's safety consultant, Joseph A. Lamonica also serve on the Committee. Mr. Lamonica has been involved in mine Health and Safety matters since 1963 and was the Administrator for Coal Mine Health and Safety at the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and has also been responsible for safety at a major coal company before joining BCOA in 1994.
BCOA also maintains a formalized working relationship with the United Mine Workers of America on health and safety issues, seeking common ground on measures that will be effective in advancing coal mine health and safety. Currently a major effort of the BCOA is the introduction of the Continuous Personal Dust Monitor (CPDM) that can provide real time information of each miner's individual exposure to respirable dust.
The BCOA Safety Committee and the United Mine Workers of America provided MSHA with a White Paper regarding the proper introduction of the CPDM [insert White Paper link], and it's development. On February 15, 2011, Mr. Lamonica presented testimony to MSHA in response to its proposed respirable dust rule taking issue with several key MSHA proposals, including the 2.0 mg standard, single shift sampling and the Respirable Dust Control Plan.
MSHA Hearing on Respirable Dust Proposed Rule
Feb. 15, 2011
"My name is Joseph A. LaMonica, Consultant to the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association located in Washington, DC. The Bituminous Coal Operators' Association represents its member companies in collective bargaining with the United Mine Workers of America and in public policy matters concerning coal mine health and safety, pensions and medical care. My coal mining experience is highlighted as follows..."
Joseph Lamonica testifies on behalf of BCOA at MSHA Hearing on the Respirable Dust Proposed Rule