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MSHA News Release: [05/22/2007]
Contact: Dirk Fillpot          Amy Louviere
Phone:    (202) 693-9406   (202) 693-9423
Release Number 07-767-NAT

U.S. Department of Labor's MSHA: Miners safer today than one year ago
Strengthened seals, additional breathable air, higher civil penalties help improve safety

ARLINGTON, Va. - One year ago today, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Program Information Bulletin banning the construction of any new alternative seals. Today, underground seals are required to be much stronger than they were one year ago, and MSHA has made significant progress implementing the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act, signed into law last June. "MSHA has put in place many meaningful protections for miners in the past year, and we continue working diligently to fully implement the MINER Act," said Richard E. Stickler, assistant secretary of labor for Mine Safety and Health Administration. "The MINER Act gave MSHA additional tools to help improve mine safety nationwide, and we are working hard to get these protections in place for America's miners. We are meeting our MINER Act deadlines." The MINER Act was signed into law on June 15, 2006. Since then, MSHA has aggressively implemented the MINER Act by: In addition to meeting its deadlines to implement the MINER Act, MSHA also:

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