State mine safety chief questions new MSHA rule

by Emily Corio 

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration took comments Tuesday on its new rule that to increases standards for underground seals that close off abandoned parts of coal mines. Blown out seals were a factor in the Sago and Darby mine disasters that killed 17 miners last year. But some companies and regulators think MSHA’s new rule is too difficult to comply with, including WV mine safety chief Ron Wooten.

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