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D.O.L. News Release [USDL 01-269]
U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C.
For Immediate Release: August 14, 2001
Contact: Stuart Roy
Phone: (202) 693-4650

Released Tuesday, August 14, 2001

Chao Advocates For Coal Miners Commemorative Stamp
Announcement Made at Mining Academy's 25th Anniversary Celebration

WASHINGTON-Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao called for the issuance of a U.S. Postal Service commemorative stamp honoring coal miners, during a speech at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy's 25th Anniversary Celebration held in Beckley, West Virginia today. "Today, I join with Congresswoman Capito in urging the United States Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee to authorize a commemorative stamp honoring America's coal miners," Chao said. "It is time that we recognize the contributions and sacrifices that generations of coal miners have made to America, her economy and her standard of living."

U.S. Representatives Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., and Bob Ney, R-Ohio, both wrote letters to Chao urging her to support a stamp commemorating the coal miners of America. In a letter to Chao, Capito wrote: "I believe that it is important to recognize this profession and its contribution to the economic development of the United States."

On behalf of the postmaster general, the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) is tasked with evaluating the merits of all stamp proposals. The committee's primary goal is to select subjects for recommendation to the postmaster general. For the past fifteen years the United Mine Workers of America have petitioned the United States Postal Service to issue a stamp honoring coal miners.

Among those in attendance celebrating the Mine Safety and Health Administration's National Mine Health and Safety Academy's 25th anniversary celebration were Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W. Va., Representative Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., and Representative Nick J. Rahall II, D-W. Va. Also in attendance was Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America.

The National Mine Health and Safety Academy celebrates its 25th anniversary as the world's largest facility dedicated solely to furthering a safer and more healthful mining workplace. The Academy has trained over 400,000 mine inspectors, miners, mine operators and other industry personnel. The Academy's facilities are used by miners, mine operators, mine safety organizations, members of academia and MSHA personnel.