Coal Companies II


There is something wrong with a system where it is cheaper and more profitable to pay the fine than it is to fix the underlying problem.  Whether it is fining a car company (Toyota) sixteen million dollars when they made over two hundred billion dollars last year or fining a coal company over $911,000 (after they triple their output of coal) for 495 safety violations.

A commenter to my previous post on the mine disaster left this link.  This link is to the Library of Congress Thomas site

S.2231
Title: Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 2006
Sponsor: Sen Byrd, Robert C. [WV] (introduced 2/1/2006)      Cosponsors (13)
Related Bills: H.R.4695
Latest Major Action: 2/1/2006 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


ALL ACTIONS:

2/1/2006:
Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S449-451, S451)
2/1/2006:
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Several things struck me about this.  First, the bill died in committee in a Republican controlled Senate.  Not really surprising.  OK?

The second thing that occurred to me is that since the Dems took over the Senate in January 2007, why haven’t they worked to mitigate the most egregious actions of the owners of the non-union mines.  The non-union mines, if you are not aware have, by far, the worst safety record, when compared to union mines.

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