Many safety standards passed by Congress in the wake of the explosion at the Sago Mine still aren't in place two years after the accident.
Congress overhauled mine safety rules after the January 2006
blast that killed 12 men in West Virginia.
But the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has yet to
implement some of the standards established by the laws. The United
Mine Workers union, which represents some of the 42,000 miners who
work in the nation's 670 underground coal mines, blames the agency
and mine owners for the delays.
The MSHA also hasn't established standards mandating stronger
methods of sealing abandoned sections of underground mines.
The agency's director says progress has been made in
implementing the new standards, despite facing a shortage of
trained mine inspectors and other difficulties.