Dems Probe Mine Safety Record at Trump Nominee’s Company

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Reprinted from The Hill by Timothy Cama on September 26, 2017. 

Two Senate Democrats are seeking more information on the mine safety violations by a company owned by President Trump’s nominee to head the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

David Zatezalo was an executive at coal-mining company Rhino Resources from 2007 to 2014, a time when the company had frequent clashes with MSHA.

During that time, the company received two rare “pattern of violations” letters from the regulator, a miner was killed in a company mine, the MSHA fined and cited the company, it sought a court injunction after employees allegedly gave colleagues advance notice of inspections, and more, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Zatezalo has since retired from Rhino and Trump nominated him earlier this month to lead the agency, alarming Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) and Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pennsylvania). …

The Hill 9/26

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