Capito Introduces Mine Safety Bill


Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., today introduced H.R 3697, the “Mine Safety Accountability and Improved Protection Act.”  Capito’s legislation seeks to streamline the conference and appeals process, improve implementation of mine safety and health regulation, hold violators accountable by increasing penalties—both financial and criminal—for violations of the law, all with the end goal of creating a safer working environment for our miners.

“As we’ve come to learn through official reports, the mine disaster that claimed 29 lives in West Virginia in April 2010 was stoppable; the catalysts of the explosion could have been addressed.  In an effort to address serious shortcomings in current mine safety standards, I have introduced a mine safety bill that I hope will ignite a fruitful debate on how we can improve the effectiveness of mine safety laws, as well as create tougher penalties for those who don’t play by the rules,” stated Capito, Co-Founder of the Congressional Coal Caucus.

Capito urges her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join together to honor America’s fallen miners to pass this commonsense, effective bill in order to protect our miners from preventable disasters in the future. 

“Mine safety is not a partisan issue.  We can work together across party lines and across the Capitol to give everyone involved in mine safety, from inspectors to operators to the miners themselves, the resources they want, need and deserve to run a safe mine,” concluded Capito. 

In April 2010, 29 miners were killed at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, the worst coal mine disaster in America in 40 years.

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