Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Enforcing mine safety laws

The head of federal mine safety assailed the owner of a coal mine where an explosion killed 29 people this month and said Tuesday the government may crack down on "mine operators who are chronic lawbreakers."

Again, as in most other areas, we don't need new laws.

We need to enforce existing laws.

Now that there's been another big mine tragedy, the government is threatening "crack down" on "mine operators who are chronic lawbreakers". Of course, "chronic lawbreakers" should have been prosecuted all along in the usual course of things. Enforcement isn't something to be threatened by the head of federal mine safety. It's his job. If he's not doing it, he should be fired.

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