W. Va. Leaders Call for New Mining Regulations

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/5167432/5167433" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, after a press conference in the early hours of Jan. 3. Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Getty Images

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin is pushing for new federal and state mine-safety regulations after two recent accidents in his state killed 14 miners. The new laws would focus on improving rescue efforts and communication.

Saturday, the bodies of two miners were discovered after a fire broke out in a coal mine near Mellville, W.Va. This week, a Senate subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Sago mine accident, in which 12 coal miners were killed almost three weeks ago.

NPR's Debbie Elliott talks about the governor's proposals with Davitt McAteer, the Vice President of Wheeling Jesuit University and former Assistant Secretary of Mine Safety and Health for the U.S. Department of Labor.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.