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Obama calls for tougher enforcement of mine-safety laws

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Michael D. Shear, Steven Mufson and Ed O'Keefe:

President Obama faulted federal regulators and a major coal-mining company Thursday for lapses that led to last week's West Virginia mine explosion, which killed 29 miners. He pledged to investigate its causes and strengthen laws and federal oversight of the nation's mines.
In Rose Garden remarks after receiving a preliminary report on the disaster, Obama had tough words for Massey Energy, the company that owns the Upper Big Branch mine.
"Safety violators like Massey have still been able to find ways to put their bottom lines before the safety of their workers, filing endless appeals instead of paying fines and fixing safety problems," Obama said.
But he said the problem is broader than just one company. He directed Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis and other officials to work with Congress to toughen enforcement of existing laws and regulations.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 15, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
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Any chance this crook will "CALL FOR TOUGHER IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT " There's something for Solis could work on! Oh! Thats right , she was put there NOT to work on that ! !!!! Now we close the barn door , it will be the same with Illegal Alien invasion distaster !! Too little too late !!!!

Posted by: catinhat83510496 | April 16, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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