The Coal Industry Opposes Mine Safety Rules June 13, 2011 : 1:53 PM

After the disaster that killed 29 miners last year, the industry should be cleaning up its practices, not opposing new safety regulations:

“The West Virginia Coal Association and Alpha Natural Resources Inc., the third-largest U.S. coal producer, urged the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to drop a proposal that would require mine operators to conduct more extensive safety examinations. Mine safety officials with the states of West Virginia and Illinois also told MSHA to drop the idea.”

“Only the United Mine Workers labor union testified in favor of both measures, which were developed after the April 5, 2010, explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in southern West Virginia.”

Source: Associated Press