Coal Mine Legislation Passed

In a measure approved by a House committee today, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, coal mines are to be inspected more often.

The legislation would require inspectors to visit each mine six times a year. The requirement to provide methane detectors to each miner was deleted. Under the revisions, the additional inspections wouldn’t be mandatory until 2009.

The legislation follows one of the deadliest years in recent history for coal miners in Kentucky, in which 16 miners were killed on the job in 2006.

State law now requires more oxygen supplies to be stored along underground escape routes in case of emergency and better communication between the surface and underground work areas.