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Call for Independent Experts – Respirable Coal Dust in Underground Mines

Call for Independent Experts

One of our missions is to provide nonpartisan, technical expertise in science, engineering, and medicine to issues important to Virginia. Today I am writing to ask your assistance in identifying expertise in the area of respirable coal mine dust in underground mines.

This expertise may be called upon to participate in an upcoming study committee organized by the National Academy Board of Earth Sciences and Resources.  All decisions and details on the event will be provided by the National Academies.  The study is not hosted or sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

The committee is being formed in response to a request from Congress, which called for NIOSH to sponsor this study, with assistance from MSHA. The committee’s task involves consideration of the:

  • Efficacy of current monitoring technologies and sampling approaches for coal-mine dust exposures;
  • Effects of rock dust mixtures and their application, as required by current U.S. regulations, on respirable coal mine dust measurements; and
  • Optimal monitoring and sampling strategies to aid mine operators’ decision making related to reducing respirable coal mine dust exposure to miners in underground coal mines.

To send your nominations, please email the name(s), affiliation, title, and contact information to your VASEM Executive Director Drew Densmore (adensmore@vasem.org) or by phone (540-598-7693).  A brief statement to describe their expertise would also be helpful.  Experts must be members of one of the three National Academies.  Your suggestions will be collected and forwarded to Washington.

Please send  your suggestions by COB Wednesday, September 21st.

Thank you for your support in bringing together the technical expertise that Virginia needs to address the important issues facing the people and our industries.

Yours in service,

Dr. Patricia Dove, President

VASEM is no longer accepting nominations for this study

Author

Andrew Densmore is the Executive Director of the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

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