Saturday, March 25, 2006

KY Has a New Mine Safety Law

...and they're reading about it all the way to the other UK (United Kingdom), courtesy of AP:

State inspectors will visit every coal mine in Kentucky at least three times a year under legislation passed in the wake of coal mine deaths in West Virginia and Kentucky.

The measure, which received final approval when it passed the Senate on a 37-0 Friday night, also requires that breathing devices be stored in underground escapeways. It allows the state to fine coal companies for safety violations and offers job protections to whistleblowers who expose unsafe mining conditions.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher will sign the bill, spokeswoman Jodi Whitaker said.

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