MSHA OKs Mine Safety Rules, Aims To Stop More Disasters

"MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- New federal rules approved Thursday could help save lives at dangerous mines with a pattern of safety violations and put more responsibility on companies to find and fix hazards, the U.S. Department of Labor said."

"The changes were first proposed less than a year after the Upper Big Branch mine exploded in April 2010, killing 29 men. It was the worst U.S. coal mine disaster in four decades, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said her agency has since undertaken 'a serious and comprehensive evaluation of mine safety practices.'

The Mine Safety and Health Administration said the new rules could help prevent a disaster like Upper Big Branch."

Vicki Smith reports for the Associated Press January 17, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"MSHA Rule Would Crack Down on Repeat Mine Safety Violators" (Charleston Gazette)

"MSHA Works To Remove 'Loop Holes' From Regulations" (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

"Massey Mine Boss Sentenced; Feds Toughen Mine Safety Rule" (NPR)

"Gary May Sentenced: Upper Big Branch Mine Superintendent Gets Nearly 2 Years In Prison" (AP)

Source: AP, 01/18/2013