W. Va. Gov. Manchin Signs Mine Safety, Workplace Bills

April 6, 2007

West Virginia has ratcheted up its coal mine safety laws.

Gov. Joe Manchin signed the latest legislation spurred by last year’s fatal mining accidents.

The bill approved by Manchin addresses such topics as “belt air” and the temporary shutdown of operations that repeatedly violate safety rules.

Lawmakers and industry and labor officials joined the governor for the signing ceremony at the Capitol.

The new mine safety law takes effect June 8.

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