Federal Panel Recommends Fireproof Conveyor Belts in Nation’s Mines

December 21, 2007

Nearly two years after a conveyor belt fire killed two miners in Logan County, W. Va., a congressionally mandated study recommends that fireproof conveyor belts be standard in the nation’s coal mines.

The study says the tougher standard would significantly reduce the risk of serious belt fires if adopted by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

The 132-page report followed an 11-month review and was made public Dec. 18.

MSHA put together the study panel to examine conveyor belt and related ventilation issues after being ordered to do so by Congress as part of a mine safety law passed in June 2006.

Congress’ concern over conveyor belt fires was prompted by the fatal January 19, 2006, fire at Massey Energy’s Aracoma Alma No. 1 mine. Massey is based in Richmond, Virginia.

Information from: The Charleston Gazette,

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