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Legislation and resistance

A series of coal mining disasters over the past 100 years has slowly pushed Congress to enact safety legislation, but the industry has fought change at every step.

A series of coal mining disasters over the past 100 years has slowly pushed Congress to enact safety legislation, but the industry has fought change at every step.

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Longtime tug of war on mine safety
Article | When Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis appeared before a gathering of coal mine owners in the fall, she signaled a sharp change in the relationship between the mining industry and the federal agency charged with protecting workers.
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New push to strengthen mine safety faces resistance based on longtime strategies
Article | With memories of the nation's worst coal mining accident in decades still fresh - 29 miners died at the Upper Big Branch site in West Virginia in April - the Obama administration is challenging coal companies to either change their tactics and voluntarily improve safety or face the harshest sanctions the government can impose.

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