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Proceedings of the 7th Annual Institute on Coal Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 31 - September 2, 1976. Foreman WE ed. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1976 Aug-Sep; :5-32
It is a pleasure to be here. This Institute is a well-known catalyst for new developments in coal mine health, safety, and research. Judging from the program for the next couple of days, I can see that this year's session will live up to the Institute's fine reputation. Meetings like this serve as a marketplace of ideas and information on coal mine health and safety. Through such exchanges we can advance both the concepts and the technology that will make coal mining safer and more healthful. This is especially important in view of the Nation's growing commitment to coal. As we all know, coal is America's most abundant energy resource, and more and more of it will have to be mined in the coming decades to supply an increasingly larger share of the Nation's energy requirements. But coal mining is still a dangerous occupation. We do not want coal mine accidents and injuries to rise along with coal production. It is imperative that tomorrow's production technology be improved over today's. Fundamentally, there are three avenues to improved health and safety in our nation's coal mines: Enforcement of coal mine health and safety laws. More and improved education and training at all levels for the people who work in mines. Building more and better technology into improved and new mining systems.
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Proceedings of the 7th Annual Institute on Coal Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 31 - September 2, 1976
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