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Editors: Terrance V. Newhouse
Book Description:
Dramatic mine accidents early in 2006 have led to passage of the first major amendment to federal mine safety law since 1977. The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act requires each mine to have an emergency plan, increased supplies of oxygen, and improved rescue teams. Penalties for violations have also been increased. Although the bill had wide support in Congress, some Members have characterized it as only a “first step,” to be followed by additional measures that would include a lower maximum limit on dust concentrations, underground refuges, communications and tracking devices, and greater emphasis on enforcement of standards. On January 2, 2006, the nation was reminded of the dangers of underground mining, as 12 miners died in an explosion and fire in the Sago mine in West Virginia.

Subsequently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued new regulations; Congress has passed the first major revision of the mine safety law since 1977 and has taken further bills under consideration; and state legislatures in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Illinois have tightened their own laws. These responses have
emphasized factors thought to have played a part in the Sago tragedy, including emergency oxygen supplies, tracking and communication systems, and deployment of rescue teams. There have also been proposals to increase the penalties for violations of safety standards.

Table of Contents:
Preface

Mine Safety: Better Oversight and Coordination by MSHA and Other Federal Agencies Could Improve Safety for Underground Coal Miners
(GAO) pp. 1-66

Mine Safety: Additional Guidance and Oversight of Mines' Emergency Response Plans Would Improve the Safety of Underground Coal Miners
(GAO) pp. 67-113

Coal Mine Health and Safety in the United States pp. 115-128
(Dennis O'Dell, United Workers of America, Testimony before the United States Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety)

Two Years After the MINER Act: How Safe Is Mining Today? pp. 129-135
(Jeffery Kohler, Mine Safety and Health Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)

Statement of Richard E. Stickler, Mine Safety and Health Administration Before the Subcommittee on Employment and Workforce Safety, Committee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, United States Senate (June 19, 2008) pp. 137-149

Statement of Richard E. Stickler, Mine Safety and Health Administration Before the Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives (May 16, 2007) pp. 151-160

Testimony of Bruce Watzman, Safety and Health, National Mining Association Before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Employment and Workplace Safety of the United States Senate (June 19, 2008) pp. 161-164

Coal Mine Safety and Health pp. 165-177
(Linda Levine)

Coal Mine Safety pp. 179-184
(Edward Rappaport)

Index

   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009 1st Quarter
   Pages: 7 x 10, 194pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60692-362-7
   Status: AV
  
Status Code Description
AN Announcing
FM Formatting
PP Page Proofs
FP Final Production
EP Editorial Production
PR At Prepress
AP At Press
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