New law will prohibit frquent drug & alcohol abusers to work in coal mines

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(Coal mine photo courtesy US Geographical Survey)

A new law in Kentucky will prohibit frequent drug and alcohol abusers to work in coal mines.

House Bill 385, sponsored by Representative Jim Gooch of Providence, amends the current process for testing miners by the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing.

The legislation updates the 11 panel test, giving the mine safety review commission authority to add additional compounds to the test, and creates a three-strike policy for miners who continue to fail drug and alcohol tests.

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