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C. Gregory Ruffennach

Greg Ruffennach is an attorney who has been advising mine operators on compliance issues arising under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act for nearly 20 years.

As an attorney, Mr. Ruffennach was the first attorney to win an award of attorney's fees ($100,000.00) from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) on behalf of a mine operator. Mr. Ruffennach also won the largest civil penalty reduction ($680,000.00) in a case litigated before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (FMSHRC).

Mr. Ruffennach's articles regarding compliance with MSHA regulations have been published in numerous mining industry publications. Mr. Ruffennach is a frequent speaker at mine safety conferences including the annual Critical Issues Conference sponsored by the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals. Mr. Ruffennach also sponsors and contributes content to the MSHA Help web site (www.mshahelp.com), which provides compliance information to mine operators.

Mr. Ruffennach is the author of the Saving Lives or Wasting Resources: The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, a CATO Institute Policy Analysis that questions whether the Mine Act's enforcement provisions are actually contributing to the improvement in the safety of the nation's mines. His comments on mine safety regulation were featured in Forbes Magazine in March, 2006 shortly after the Sago Mine disaster.

Mr. Ruffennach graduated with honors from Dickinson College. He received his law degree from the George Washington Universities National Law Center. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia.

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