Labor Secretary says Bush administration committed to mine safetyAugust 29, 2007 5:32 PM
U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao says the Bush administration is committed to improving safety for miners under legislation passed last year.Chao spoke in Nashville today to the International Mine Rescue Conference.
She didn't discuss any specific safety issues related to the Utah mine collapse. That's where rescuers are drilling a seventh hole deep into a mountain to learn the fate of six miners trapped since August 6th.
Chao said many safety improvements have already been ordered under the mine safety bill signed by President Bush last June following a string of fatal mine accidents in 2006. These improvements include requiring additional stores of oxygen and better tracking equipment.