US mine safety chief visits Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The head of the federal government's mine
safety agency said during a visit to Kentucky that aggressive
inspections at troubled mines are helping create safer working
environments for coal miners.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration Director Joe Main met
with state officials and miners on Friday in Frankfort. Main, who
became MSHA director in 2009, met with Freddie Lewis, who was
chosen to head Kentucky's Office of Mine Safety and Licensing
earlier this month. Main also visited with coal miners during his

Main and Lewis agreed that stepped-up inspections and
enforcement at troubled mines is crucial to improving safety in the
industry. Main says MSHA's "impact inspections" take extra steps
to keep coal operators from giving advance warning to miners when
inspectors show up.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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