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After Safest Year on Record Coal Mining Deaths Raise Concerns

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Jerilyn Watson 2006-2-12 (MUSIC) VOICE ONE: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in

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by jerilyn watson
2006-2-12

(music)

voice one:

welcome to this is america in voa special english. i'm steve ember.

voice two:

and i'm barbara klein. coal mining is a historically dangerous job -- and it is our subject this week.

(music)

voice one:

america produces more than half of its electric power from coal. mineral experts say the country has the world's largest supply of coal waiting to be mined.

coal miners at work

coal mining in the united states is much safer than it used to be. yet nineteen miners were killed in the first five weeks of two thousand six. that was almost as many as were killed in all of last year.

voice two:

most of the recent deaths happened in west virginia. twelve men died in a mine where inspectors found more than two hundred safety violations last year. now, more than two hundred federal safety officials are examining the mines in west virginia. west virginia produces more coal than any other state except wyoming.

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