Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) "have introduced sweeping mine safety legislation in response to last April’s fatal blast at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 workers, the worst U.S. mining accident in 40 years,” The Hill reports.
Harkin said he’s hopeful about winning bipartisan cooperation on the legislation, which is also sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
The bill’s “many provisions include toughened whistleblower protections; a new independent panel to probe mining accidents that kill more than three people; higher criminal and civil penalties; and several measures that toughen Mine Safety and Health Administration regulation.”
You can find a summary of the Robert C. Byrd Mine and Workplace Safety and Health Act in a press release linked here.