Mine Deaths During the Shutdown Are a Big Concern
United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts shined the spotlight on the recent string of coal-mining deaths during the government shutdown, and said in a prepared statement there are fewer mine inspectors on the job with the shutdown, and those working are either keeping an eye on operators and mines with a history of mine safety and health problems, or responding to special situations. There aren't any regular inspections happening. The three deaths in recent days happened in West Virginia, Illinois, and Wyoming. The UMWA is urging miners to look out for one another.