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W.Va. Families Head to U.S. Capitol Over Mine Safety

Relatives of 3 miners killed in West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch disaster are in Washington, D.C., to press for a thoroughfare of long-stalled cave reserve legislation by Jul 4.

Gary Quarles mislaid son Gary Wayne in a 2010 blast that killed 29 Massey Energy miners. Also creation a outing are Betty Harrah, who mislaid hermit Steve, and Clay Mullins, who mislaid hermit Rex.

They’ll be assembly with House Democrats who behind a 2010 Robert Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act.

The National Mining Association opposes it, and House Republicans have behind any action.

Mullins tells West Virginia Public Broadcasting a outing shouldn’t even be necessary. He says laws commanding worse penalties on bad operators should have been upheld prolonged ago. Massey’s mines are now due by Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources.


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