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UMWA alarmed by coal mine deaths amid government shutdown; regular inspections going undone
Reported by: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 10:35 AM EDT
The United Mine Workers of America says that coal miners are dying while politicians are squabbling and the government is partially closed.
UMW President Cecil Roberts says the West Virginia supervisor was a former union member, and the union is participating in the investigation.
He says it's too soon to draw conclusions, but calls the timing of the accidents extremely troubling.
Mine Safety and Health Administration director Joe Main used the same words Monday.
Less than half his staff is working, and inspections are largely focused on mines with a documented history of problems.
Roberts says regular inspections aren't being conducted because the government's watchdog isn't watching.