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DOL/MSHA Media Advisory
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Suzy Bohnert
Phone: (202) 693-9420

Released Wednesday, March 24, 2004

MSHA Assistant Secretary Lauriski to Hold Press Conference on Dotiki Mine Rescue

Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, will conduct a press conference at the Dotiki Mine on Thursday, March 25, in Nebo, Ky. Personnel from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals, and Webster County Coal, LLC, worked at the underground mine to evacuate 70 miners endangered by a fire that began Feb. 11. Evacuation efforts took less than one hour.

Representatives from each organization will speak at the press conference.

Event: Press conference with Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Dave D. Lauriski at Dotiki Mine

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2004

Location: Webster County Coal, LLC
Dotiki Mine
1586 Balls Hill Road
Nebo, Ky.

Time: 3:30 p.m. press conference
4:30 p.m. safety training for mine tour on Friday, March 26 (All media must receive safety training before the mine tour on Friday, March 26. The mine tour begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 11:30 a.m.)