Rockefeller: UMW Report Shows Need For More Change

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Sen. Jay Rockefeller says the United
Mine Workers' report on last year's Upper Big Branch mine explosion
reinforces the need to strengthen mine safety laws and increase
enforcement and accountability.
The union accused Massey Energy of "industrial homicide" in
the April 2010 blast that killed 29 West Virginia miners and urged
criminal prosecutions.
Rockefeller says MSHA has updated its regulations and Congress
has passed legislation requiring operators to disclose safety
issues in their public business records.
But he says he remains frustrated by the failure of Congress to
pass new laws.
Last year, Rockefeller introduced a bill that would strengthen
whistleblower protections for miners, improver oversight of MSHA,
give MSHA new tools and reduce safety risks associated with coal
dust.
He reintroduced the legislation in January with Sen. Joe
Manchin.


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