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MSHA News Release: [06/15/2006]
Contact: Amy Louviere   Dirk Fillpot
Phone:    (202) 693-9406   (202) 693-9423
Release Number 06-1031-NAT

MINER Act Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today attended the White House ceremony at which President George W. Bush signed the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act into law. Secretary Chao issued the following statement:

"The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act is the most significant mine safety legislation in nearly 30 years. It builds upon efforts by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to improve mine safety nationwide, and calls for the modernization of safety practices and development of enhanced communication technology. We need to do everything we can to continue to improve safety in our nation's mines so miners can return home safely to their families at the end of their shifts."

The MINER Act represents the first revisions to federal mine safety laws since the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act became law in 1977. The provisions include:

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