Coal mine safety chief retiring at year's end

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The head of the Kentucky Office of Mine
Safety and Licensing is retiring at the end of the year.

Johnny Greene is the second ranking mine industry regulator to
leave Gov. Steve Beshear's administration in recent days. Carl
Campbell, the commissioner of the Department for Natural Resources, was fired from his job last week by Energy and Environment Secretary Len Peters.

Campbell had oversight of mine safety and licensing, mine
permits, abandoned mine lands, mine reclamation and enforcement,
forestry, and oil and natural gas drilling. His termination letter
said he was being dismissed "without cause."

Peters said in a statement that he tried to convince Greene to
stay on in the job, saying miners couldn't have a stronger or more
capable safety advocate.

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