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Should Coal Country Roll Back State Laws and Rely on Feds?

May 3, 2017, 11:01 AM

Changes to coal mine inspection regulations in mining mainstays such as Kentucky and West Virginia are the latest in legislative pushes to roll back state mine inspections and yield to federal oversight. But, some regulatory specialists say states should not rely too much on federal inspectors to ensure safety for some of President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters: coal miners.

State legislators, lawyers and academics disagree about just how much states should rely on the federal government to safeguard their coal miners. While some West Virginia lawmakers claimed their state could curtail inspections to save money because of a federal ...