Obama calls for tougher enforcement of mine-safety laws
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.
| April 15, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
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