FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A measure intended to take some of the
danger out of working in underground coal mines could clear the
Senate by Monday.
State senator Tom Jensen says he expects the legislation to
undergo a few modifications. The bill was unanimously approved by
the House earlier this week.
The measure would increase the number of state inspections at
underground coal mines and provide methane detectors to all miners.
Key provisions would require two medics to be on duty at
underground mines and increase the number of state inspections from
three to a minimum of six per year. Ventilation fans would have to
stay on at all times unless they were undergoing maintenance.
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