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Quick Action Called for on New U.S. Mining Legislation

Mine safety officials in the United States are hoping for a quick passage of the new mining bill which will crack down on mines with safety problems.

The industry has been complaining that the new legislation is too punitive.

As per Joe Main, the Director of Mine Safety and Health Administration, the bill would bring a culture of safety to the industry. The new legislation was prompted by the death of 29 miners in April in a West Virginia mine which had a history of mine safety violations.

The tragic incident occurred at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County. The Obama administration officials are trying to push the bill through the house despite protests from Republican lawmakers and the officials from the mining industry.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel Scanlon

Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, content production, design, animation, database and networking, software, and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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