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Vote number 08-HR02768 requiring rescue chambers & emergency plans in coal mines 0
on Jan 16, 2008 regarding bill H.R.2768 S-MINER Act
Results: Bill passed, 214-199

CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: Supplemental Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2007 or the S-MINER Act requires:
  1. emergency response plans to incorporate new technology;
  2. the installation of rescue chambers in underground coal mines; and
  3. accident response plans to provide for the maintenance of refuges.

SUPPORTER'S ARGUMENT FOR VOTING YES: Rep. GEORGE MILLER: Despite significant progress over the last several decades, mining remains one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Mining fatalities occur at a rate more than seven times the average of all private industries

Accidents every year claim the lives of one or two miners at a time. In 2007, 32 coal miners and 31 other miners died on the job. Miners also face serious health risks, including a resurgence of black lung disease. The S-MINER Act addresses three broad issues: disaster prevention; improved emergency response; and long-term health risks.

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