Monday, October 23, 2006

TPMmuckraker October 20, 2006 06:09 PM

Catching up on my reading...

This pisses me off...

TPMmuckraker October 20, 2006 06:09 PM:
"Ah, the magic of the presidency. The Senate has refused to confirm former coal company executive Richard Stickler as the head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). So, while they were out, Bush gave him a recess appointment to the post.

MSHA exists to protect miners' well-being. Once a miner himself, Stickler spent most of his career above ground, much of it as an executive for companies like coal giant Massey Energy. According to the Charleston Gazette, Stickler's mines had accident rates of twice the national average."

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