Civil penalty and enforcement proceedings are handled by the Solicitor's Office of the Department of Labor. Civil penalties are assessed by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. See 30 U.S.C. § § 802(o), 820(i), 823. Review of the Commission's orders rests with the United States Court of Appeals, 30 U.S.C. § 816(b). Injunction proceedings may be brought in the United States district courts, 30 U.S.C. § 818, as may civil actions to recover civil penalties owed, 30 U.S.C. § 820(j). Questions regarding MSHA civil matters should be addressed to the Civil Division of the Department.
Updated December 18, 2015