The Trump administration wants to modernize mine safety regulations that apply to dump trucks and other hauling equipment, the mine safety agency’s new chief said Feb. 12.

The powered haulage rules need rewriting because the issue has become increasingly acute. In 2017, 12 of the nation’s 28 mining deaths were linked to powered haulage, David Zatezalo, who heads the Mine Safety and Health Administration, told a House panel last week.

“What we have is a 1970s regulation that [says] when we put a big haul truck in reverse, it goes ‘beep beep beep’ and annoys all the neighbors,”...