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Proceedings of the 24th Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 30 - September 1, 1993. Tinney G, Bacho A, Karmis M, eds., Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1993 Aug; :3-6
It's a pleasure to be with you and to share in the opening session for the 24th Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety, and Research. If I may reflect for just a moment on the past Institutes, much of the progress in Mine Health and Safety has been advanced by the previous Institutes in terms of either identifying issues, critiquing the means to overcome problems, or presenting new findings to address important issues for the mining industry. My congratulations to VPI and to the organizers of past Institutes for their important contributions to our mutual goals of improving Mine Health and Safety. Looking forward, the Clinton Administration has reaffirmed the Government's commitment to the health and safety of the American miner. The Department of the Interior and the Department of Labor are committed to worker health and safety. We must also be concerned about the health and safety of the public and the maintenance of a quality environment. The U.S. Minerals Industry needs to be competitive, but also needs to meet the obligations of worker and public protection. The Assistant Secretary of Water and Science - Department of the Interior is concerned about the vitality and the criticality of the American Mining Industry. The continued movement of minerals production offshore affects the jobs available in this country, as well as the economic security of the country. The vitality of the industry can only be sustained by new and improved technologies. It is also very clear to me that the Assistant Secretary of Labor for MSHA continues to be proactive in addressing the health and safety problems of the mining industry. For example, I would like to share with you the priority items that MSHA has communicated to the U.S. Bureau of Mines: these include: Continuous Dust Monitoring Technology, Handheld monitor for Dust Measurement, and Dust Control Technology for High Production Longwalls. By working together, the Government and all components of the industry can work to effectively address the critical problems facing us.
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Proceedings of the 24th Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 30 - September 1, 1993
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