Thursday, January 12, 2006

One miner's life = $440.00

Not that we should be surprised, but we should at least know that mine safety enforcement has eased substantially under the Bush Administration:

At one point last year, the Mine Safety and Health Administration fined a coal company $440 for a "significant and substantial" violation that ended in the death of a Kentucky man. The firm, International Coal Group Inc., is the same company that owns the Sago mine in West Virginia, where 12 workers died last week.

The $440 fine remains unpaid.

The story, from the Philadelphia Enquirer.


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