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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 25. Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
Chapter 130. Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations
7/6/2020

4VAC25-130-850.15. Certification.

(a) The division shall issue the blaster's coal surface mining endorsement for a period of five years to those candidates examined and found to be competent and has met the requirements as described in 4VAC25-130-850.13 and 4VAC25-130-850.14.

(b) Suspension and revocation:

(1) The division, when practicable, following written notice and opportunity for a hearing may, and upon a finding of willful conduct by the DM Board of Mine Examiners, shall suspend or revoke the blaster's coal surface mining endorsement certification during the term of the certification or take other necessary action for any of the following reasons:

(i) Non-compliance with any blasting related order issued by the division or DM;

(ii) Unlawful use in the work place of, or current addiction to, alcohol, narcotics, or other dangerous drugs;

(iii) Violation of any provision of the State or Federal explosives laws or regulations;

(iv) Providing false information or a misrepresentation to obtain certification.

(2) If advance notice and opportunity for a hearing cannot be provided, an opportunity for a hearing shall be provided as soon as practical following the suspension, revocation, or other adverse action.

(c) Recertification. Any person certified as a blaster must be recertified every five years by:

(1) Presenting written proof that the individual has worked in a capacity which demonstrates the blaster's competency during two of the last three years immediately preceding the expiration date; or

(2) Retaking the division's endorsement exam and achieving the required score on the exam. Anyone who fails to achieve the required score on the exam must take or retake the training prior to retaking both the division's and DM's exam.

(d) Protection of certification. Certified blasters shall take every reasonable precaution to protect their certificates from loss, theft, or unauthorized duplication. Any such occurrence shall be reported immediately to the division.

(e) Conditions:

(1) A blaster shall immediately exhibit upon request his or her certificate to any authorized representative of the division, DM, or the Office of Surface Mining.

(2) Blaster's certification shall not be assigned or transferred.

(3) Blasters shall not delegate their responsibility to any individual who is not a certified blaster.

(f) Petitions for recertification.

An individual whose certification has been revoked may petition the DMLR for recertification. The DMLR shall not accept a petition for recertification any sooner than one year from the effective date of revocation. Such petitions shall show valid reasons why the division should consider the request for recertification. The division may require retesting prior to recertification.

(g) Appeals procedures.

Appeals for review of certification including suspension and revocation decisions shall be made to the DMLR. Appeals not resolved by the DMLR may be heard pursuant to the provisions for administrative and judicial review under Chapter 19 (§ 45.1-2.26 et seq.) of Title 45.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§§ 45.1-161.3 and 45.1-230 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR480-03-19 § 850.15, eff. December 15, 1981; amended, eff. June 28, 1982; October 28, 1982; December 14, 1982; October 11, 1983; December 27, 1983; May 8, 1984; June 22, 1984; August 2, 1984; October 16, 1985; January 7, 1987; July 22, 1987; November 25, 1987; October 12, 1988; December 26, 1990; July 1, 1991; July 17, 1991; November 20, 1991; July 7, 1992; May 5, 1993; October 19, 1994.

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