W.Va. Senator Floats Broad Coal Mine Safety Reforms

Law360, New York (July 26, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT) -- West Virginia’s senior senator made a new push Thursday for legislation to protect coal miners against the types of mining company safety lapses that led to the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, which killed 29 workers in April 2010.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., introduced a revised version of a bill he has tried unsuccessfully to pass in the more than two years since the disaster, with new provisions designed to bolster miner safety and expand the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s authority to punish companies with...
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