Evaluating the Effectiveness of MSHA's Mine Safety and Health Programs, Hearing Before the Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, May 16, 2007   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Opening Statement of George Miller: "The Committee on Education and Labor will come to order for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of MSHA's mine safety and health programs. At the hearing on March 28, this committee heard some very strong criticisms of the U.S. Department of Labor and its Mine Safety and Health Administration. We heard from those directly impacted by MSHA's work that, despite its sweeping authority, the agency moves at a glacial pace and often simply fails outright to enact meaningful and effective safety standards. [...] It is obvious from the hearings that MSHA must regain the trust of the people who rely on the agency every day, miners and their families. It appears that MSHA is not acting quickly enough to implement the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act that Congress passed last year. In today's hearing, we intend to examine why this is the case. [...] In today's hearing, we want to hear about the progress MSHA is making to implement that act of Congress, whether MSHA is being sufficiently pro-active in improving mine safety even beyond the MINER Act, and what tools MSHA may need to further carry out its mission to properly regulate and enforce the law. I look forward to these hearings and hearing that testimony." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jason Altmire, Shelley Moore Capito, Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, George Miller, Nick J. Rahall, Dan Bertoni, Larry R. Grayson, Davitt J. McAteer, Jonathan L. Snare, and Richard E. Sticker.

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