WASHINGTON, D.C. | May 4, 2011 -
The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), today held a hearing to review recent enforcement changes within the Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA). The hearing, entitled “Modernizing Mine Safety,” offered committee members a chance to examine whether MSHA’s latest efforts are serving the needs of miners while discussing additional protections that may be necessary.
In his opening remarks, Chairman Walberg discussed the importance of remaining vigilant in efforts to promote mine safety. “Advancing strong mine safety protections is a goal that we all share and one we must all work to achieve,” he said. “Miners work under extreme conditions to provide the natural resources our nation needs, and they deserve our support. Policymakers, enforcement officials, and mine operators each play an important role in helping to ensure miners go home to their families at the end of their shift.”
To read Chairman Walberg's complete opening statement, as well as witness testimony and related information, please visit: www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.