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West Virginia governor signs mine safety law

[JURIST] West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin [official website] signed [press release] a mine safety bill Thursday S. 247 [text] requiring mines to provide wireless emergency communicators, tracking devices and extra air supplies to their miners. The West Virginia Legislature [official website] on Tuesday unanimously approved the bill [JURIST report], which also sets up a new accident rapid-response system and establishes fines for mines that do not comply with emergency reporting guidelines. State mine officials are expected to start work immediately on drafting the rules for the law, but no deadline for compliance by mines has been set. AP has more.

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