Though the mining industry uses about 90% of explosives in the United States, neither ATF’s regulations nor its personnel generally come from mining. Nonetheless, ATF and the mining industry generally have worked together well as partners. Issues do sometimes arise, however, such as recent ATF actions on underground explosives storage magazines.
Although nothing has changed about how mines store explosives underground, some mine operators have been contacted by ATF this year regarding compliance with regulations on magazines. After helping several clients navigate this issue, I wrote about it in a recent edition of Rock Products magazine.
You can read the full article here.