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Mine Families First Response and Communication Advisory Council

The Mine Families First Response and Communications Advisory Council is authorized under The Mine Families First Act to assist the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in developing the initial mine families first response and communications plan and provide assistance in periodic review and updating of the plan. The advisory council assists in reviewing how the plan is used in the event of an actual mine emergency and offers recommendations to the DEP for any needed changes to the plan resulting from its review. The Mine Families First Act established this council when the act became effective on Oct. 4, 2007.

The seven-member board consists of five members appointed by the governor and two at large members that are selected from the general public. The president pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate appoints one at-large member, and the speaker of the House of Representatives appoints the other.

House Bill No. 483 (PDF)

BYLAWS (PDF)

Mine Families First Response and Communications Implementation Plan (PDF)

Letter to Mine Operators (PDF)

Mine Families First Resource Reference Manual (PDF)

Current Membership
Mr. Will Dando (pending) Pennsylvania Coal Alliance Cumberland County
Dr. Kathleen M. Kowalski-Trakofler Mental Health Professional Allegheny County
Mr. Mark F. Lepore (alternate) Mental Health Professional Allegheny County
Ms. Judith D. Shabbick, Chairperson Local Emergency Response Indiana County
Ms. Pamela Weeks Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Schuylkill County
Ronald Bowersox (alternate) United Mine Workers of America Indiana County
Mr. Christopher Anderson(alternate) Local Emergency Response Indiana County
Mr. L. Ray Bashline Senate At-Large Member Armstrong County
Mr. John L. Kline United Mine Workers of America Allegheny County
Richard L. Fink House At-Large Member Allegheny County
Roland "BUD" Mertz(alternate) Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Dauphin County
Vacant (alternate) United Mine Workers of America  

Note: Appointments/reappointments pending.