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State mine safety legislation set to become law

| Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Legislation to improve safety in the state's approximately 200 bituminous coal mines was poised to become law after a marathon negotiation yielded a compromise bill endorsed Monday by the coal companies and mine workers union.

The state Senate unanimously approved the bill and it was headed to the House, where leaders of the Democratic majority have pledged to pass it this week. It is the first major rewrite of the state's mining law in nearly 50 years.

The 250-page bill was in the making since 2002, when nine miners were rescued from the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County.

The bill's expected passage occurs after Congress updated the federal mine safety law and after major coal-mining states West Virginia and Kentucky updated their laws.

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