Sunday, October 22, 2006

Fox Guarding Hen House

Remember those coal mining disasters last year in the United States, they weren't a problem of enforcement of the law, say corporate apologists, just mine companies failures to comply with exisiting regulations, and this guy should know....

Ignoring Senate, Bush Taps Mine Exec to be Safety Chief

The Senate has refused to confirm former coal company executive Richard Stickler as the head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). So, while they were out, Bush gave him a recess appointment to the post. According to the Charleston Gazette, Stickler's mines had accident rates of twice the national average. At a Senate hearing in March, Stickler explained that if U.S. mines were unsafe, it wasn't an "enforcement problem," merely a "compliance problem.".

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