From the Assistant Secretary
On January 20th my term ends as Assistant Secretary at MSHA. Confirmed by Congress on October 21, 2009, I came to MSHA with a lifelong passion for improving the safety and health of miners, their families and the mining community.
The next time you flip on a light switch, squeeze the toothpaste dispenser, salt your food, navigate a bridge or highway, or power up your computer, thank a miner.
On November 20, 1968 at approximately 5:30 a.m., the CONSOL #9 mine in Farmington, West Virginia exploded, with 99 miners underground and a blast so powerful it was felt for miles.
Firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians inarguably are among our nation’s bravest individuals.