Mine safety http://wkyufm.org en Mine Safety Advocates Worried about Loss of Money for Inspections http://wkyufm.org/post/mine-safety-advocates-worried-about-loss-money-inspections <p></p><p>A slash to Governor Steve Beshear’s proposal for mine safety in the Kentucky House budget bill passed this month has many safety advocates concerned. They say there might not be enough money to conduct required inspections.</p><p>Gov. Beshear has proposed $7.6 million in each of the next two years for the state program that inspects and licenses coal mines. But when the budget bill was passed by the House, Beshear’s budget office noticed the number had been reduced to $5.3 million per year.</p><p><a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/ky-legislature/2014/03/23/mine-safety-quietly-cut-house-budget-bill/6791991/" target="_blank">The Courier-Journal reports</a> the 15 percent reduction was not discussed during the budget committee meeting or floor session when the bill was passed. In response, Gov. Beshear says his administration is “very concerned about the lack of sufficient funds to ensure safety” for miners, and the House and Senate will work together to ensure the funding is there “to cover critical needs in the agency.” Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:37:10 +0000 Samira Asad 45602 at http://wkyufm.org Mine Safety Advocates Worried about Loss of Money for Inspections MSHA Making Progress on Internal Changes http://wkyufm.org/post/msha-making-progress-internal-changes <P>An audit of the Mine Safety and Health Administration shows it's implemented more than half the 100 internal changes recommended after a 2010 explosion killed 29 West Virginia coal miners.</P> <P>The Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General says MSHA's efforts to address its own shortcomings began well before an internal review report was released in March of 2012.</P> <P>Barring unforeseen circumstances, it says MSHA is on track to implement the remaining 44 changes as expected. It says MSHA administrators meet weekly and at the highest levels to keep on the timeline. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:52:03 +0000 Joe Corcoran 28899 at http://wkyufm.org New Federal Rules Aim to Improve Conditions at Dangerous Coal Mines http://wkyufm.org/post/new-federal-rules-aim-improve-conditions-dangerous-coal-mines <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Labor has approved new rules it says will improve safety at the nation's most dangerous coal mines by revising the way operators are designated pattern violators.</p><p>Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said they improve the Mine Safety and Health Administration's ability to hold mine operators accountable for disregarding life saving safety measures. MSHA chief Joe Main says they're long overdue and could prevent 1,800 injuries over ten years.</p><p>The changes were proposed after the Upper Big Branch mine exploded in April 2010, killing 29 men. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:52:46 +0000 Associated Press 25061 at http://wkyufm.org New Federal Rules Aim to Improve Conditions at Dangerous Coal Mines