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10/27/2004

Bush Admin. Plans To Cut Mine Safety Inspections?

United Mine Workers of America Takes Action to Force Immediate Release of Government Report on Bush Administration's Plans to Cut Mine Safety Inspections
The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) today filed an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain a copy of a controversial government report aimed at reducing the number of mine safety inspections conducted by the Bush Administration's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

Through its appeal, the UMWA is seeking immediate release of the report that has been withheld from the public by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) since the summer of 2003. The report resulted from a nearly half-million-dollar contract that DOL awarded to ICF Consulting in September 2002 to provide recommendations to MSHA on reducing mine safety inspections. UMWA International President Cecil Roberts said any proposals to cut federal mine safety inspections are "ludicrous. These inspections are integral to protecting the health and safety of America's coal miners, who continue to work in one of the world's most dangerous industries." He called on MSHA to "quit thumbing its nose at the law-the FOIA-that guarantees public access to the ICF study," adding, "It seems obvious that the Bush Administration plans to keep this report-aimed at cutting mine safety inspections-under wraps until after the election."..........

COMMENTARY:
It wouldn't surprise anyone if the Bush Administration did have an secret agenda to cut Federal Mining Safety Inspections because it would benefit the coal operators and create deregulation of the entire industry thus putting thousands who work in the mining industry at risk.

Organizations like the United Mine Workers and thousands of coal miners have worked hard over the past 100 years to make the industry safer. Some lost their lives in order to have the regulations and forced MSHA inspections we have now.

I've said it over and over, this Administration needs to be voted out of office and its time to take back America for the Working Class.

NOV. 2...VOTE.

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