As Federal regulators consider recently introduced regulations for the prevention of black lung, Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington, KY is questioning the merits of the proposed regulations, suggesting that the potential financial burden on the coal companies outweighs the health protections improved safety standards would provide for coal miners.
“Worker safety is a top priority, but not at the cost of putting that family in a very precarious financial situation,” Barr said.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that ACLC board member and retired coal miner Stanley Sturgill, responded to Rep. Barr, stating “The coal operators’ money trumps the coal miners’ safety…You worry about costs. I don’t. I worry about coal miners.”