10.10.17

Labor Secretary Tours West Virginia Mine with Senator Capito

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BECKLEY, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) hosted Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta in Beckley, West Virginia today. They were joined by Wayne Palmer, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The group toured Arch Coal’s Beckley Complex, an underground mine in Raleigh County, and met with coal miners.

“West Virginians know far too well the importance of keeping our miners safe on the job, having endured tragedies like the one that claimed 29 lives at the Upper Big Branch mine. From company leaders, to MSHA officials and career inspectors, to miners themselves, there are many people who play important roles making sure that the coal that powers our nation is mined safely and that workers return home to families at the end of their shifts. I was proud to host Secretary Acosta in West Virginia today so that we could hear directly from miners and gain from their knowledge about this vital industry and ways to improve their health and safety. Our visit highlighted the importance of continued efforts to protect our miners, and was an opportunity for him to see firsthand how this important industry contributes to the state’s economy,” said Senator Capito

“Touring a West Virginia coal mine with Senators Manchin and Capito gives me a first-hand appreciation for the dedication of the men and women who work in the more than 13,000 mines around the country,” said Secretary Acosta. “Through their hard work, America’s miners fuel our modern-day life. The Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that all miners work in a safe and healthy work environment.” 

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Senator Capito and Secretary Acosta prepare to tour an underground mine in Raleigh County.
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Following the mine tour, Senator Capito and Secretary Acosta heard directly from coal miners about how they can improve their health and safety.
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Senators Capito and Manchin toured Arch Coal’s Beckley Complex.

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