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Reaction to emergency stand-down

Local - 2/21/2013 4:16 PM by Lauren Haviland
MOUNT HOPE - As a direct result of Tuesday's death Governor Earl Ray Tomblin ordered an emergency stand-down for safety at the state's coal mines for 24 hours.

Tuesday's death in Sophia is the second this month for the Raleigh County mine. Federal records show that mine has been cited for safety violations 65 times since January. The company said it's very concerned, but the two deaths appear unrelated, but a former coal miner said more needs to be done.

"We're doing it a little too late. They're pushing the miners to work too hard, too fast, too dangerous. The inspectors ought to be doing more then what they are doing before we have another Upper Big Branch," said former coal miner, Carl Burton.

State and federal investigations are under way.

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