Kentucky Won't Be Able To Complete Mine Inspections

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The head of the Kentucky Energy and
Environment Cabinet is warning that the state will only be able to
complete half of all mandatory coal mine inspections because of
impending budget cuts.

Secretary Len Peters said Wednesday that $456.1 million in cuts
to the state budget will force Kentucky mine safety officials to
cut back from six to three inspections at each of the state's coal
mines. Peters said halving the number of inspections will pose
safety concerns for coal mines.

Peters briefed reporters Wednesday on the effects revenue
shortfalls are likely to have on his agency. Gov. Steve Beshear has
ordered 4 percent budget cuts across state government to offset the
latest shortfall.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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