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Wyoming Statutes Title 30. Mines and Minerals § 30-2-101. Definitions

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(a) As used in this act:

(i) “Approved” means any device or practice approved by the inspector;

(ii) “Council” means the state mining council which is within the department of workforce services;

(iii) “Coal mine” means any mine from which coal is produced for sale, exchange or use;

(iv) “Cross entry” means an entry from which room entries are turned;

(v) “Gassy mine” means a mine:

(A) In which methane has been ignited;

(B) In which methane has been found by means of a permissible flame safety lamp or by air analysis in an amount of twenty-five one hundredths of a percent (0.25%) or more;  or

(C) Which is contiguous to a gassy mine.

(vi) “Inspector” means the state inspector of mines;

(vii) “Interested persons” means authorized members of the mine safety committee, state and federal inspectors, and, to the extent required by law, any other person;

(viii) “Mine” means underground or surface mines, including coal mines;

(ix) “Mine foreman” means the person whom the operator places in charge of the workings of a mine or a portion of a mine and of persons employed therein.  He is the official responsible for the health and safety of the employees;

(x) “Mining operations” include the following whether in process or development, construction or operation:

(A) Mines;

(B) Ore mills;

(C) Ore processing plants;

(D) Sampling works;

(E) Smelters;

(F) Metallurgical plants;

(G) Cement manufacturing plants and cement works;

(H) Rock quarries;

(J) Clay pits and mines;

(K) Sand and gravel pits;

(M) Tunnels and tunneling;

(N) Excavations or removal of earth for commercial or industrial purposes;

(O) All other processes or operations in which mineral materials in solid form are extracted or processed within Wyoming, but excluding mining operations and processes relating to highway and railroad construction and maintenance, other than tunneling, performed directly under the control and supervision of the state department of transportation or a railroad company.  The exclusion does not apply to commercial suppliers.

(xi) “Nongassy mine” means any mine not classed as a gassy mine;

(xii) “Operator” means an individual, firm, partnership, or corporation operating a mine or any part thereof;

(xiii) “Permissible” means any equipment, device, or explosive that meets the requirements of the MSHA;

(xiv) Repealed by Laws 2003, ch. 5, § 2.

(xv) “This act” means W.S. 30-2-101 through 30-3-509;

(xvi) “MSHA” means the federal mine safety and health administration, department of labor;

(xvii) “Qualified person” means a person qualified by means of the proper certification issued by the council or by means of training and practical demonstration of ability to the inspector or MSHA;

(xviii) “Mine site contractor” means a person who has entered into a contract with a mine owner or operator to perform functions traditionally performed by mine personnel.

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