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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Bush cuts fines for mine safety

We lost 24 miners working in mines recently -- 12 in Sago -- with numerous safety code violations. So what does President Bush do in response? Cut the penalties that are used to make mine companies get into compliance and make the mines safer.

CRAIGSVILLE, W.Va. — In its drive to foster a more cooperative relationship with mining companies, the Bush administration has decreased major fines for safety violations since 2001, and in nearly half the cases, it has not collected the fines, according to a data analysis by The New York Times.

Federal records also show that in the last two years the federal mine safety agency has failed to hand over any delinquent cases to the Treasury Department for further collection efforts, as is supposed to occur after 180 days.

With the deaths of 24 miners in accidents in 2006, the enforcement record of the Mine Safety and Health Administration has come under sharp scrutiny, and the agency is likely to face tough questions about its performance at a Senate oversight hearing on Thursday.

"The Bush administration ushered in this desire to develop cooperative ties between regulators and the mining industry," said Tony Oppegard, a top official at the agency in the Clinton administration. "Safety has certainly suffered as a result."

Americablog sums it up:

Bush kills miners

What else to title this article?
This is Republicanism in action, folks. There's no way to sugar coat it. You vote Republican, this is what you get - people who favor corporations over people.

Republicans alway say they're going to cut back on federal regulations, so no one should be surprised when they do.

Just imagine what our country is going to look like if yet another Republican wins the presidency in 2008.


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