Solis Spreads Blame for Mine Blast, Vows Reg Reforms
Speaking at a labor conference in Washington today, Hilda Solis went after Massey Energy for the company’s role in the explosion that killed 29 miners in Montcoal, W.Va., earlier this month. But the Labor secretary also laid some of the blame for that tragedy on federal regulators and policymakers for failing to enforce the safety measures that Massey has such a long history of violating.
“The science is there, the technology is there. But it’s about the employer,” Solis said at the Fairfax hotel near D.C.’s Dupont Circle. “And yes, it’s also about the regulations and the enforcement.”
Here we are in the 21st Century, and these things are still going on. … We have to have teeth that will encourage people to take care of employees in the work place.
After the speech, a handler whisked Solis away before I could ask any questions about what teeth she had in mind.