MSHA Chief Grilled About Deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. legislators are getting impatient with
federal mining regulators.

Congress passed legislation giving MSHA additional resources and
powers, as well as tougher penalties, to enforce safety after
accidents in Kentucky and West Virginia last year killed 19 miners.

In hearings yesterday in Washington, angry senators wondered why
mining regulators hadn't used the tools it has been given to
prevent more deaths underground. Six miners were trapped in Utah's
Crandall Canyon mine on August sixth, and three rescue workers
later were killed trying to reach them.

MSHA head Richard Stickler said his agency's commitment to
enforcing the mine safety and health laws has never been stronger.

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