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OPA News Release: [01/04/2006]
Contact Name: David James or Jim Schaefer
Phone Number: (202) 693-4676
Release Number: 06-0004-NAT

Statement of U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao On the West Virginia Mine Incident

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao issued the following statement on the Sago Mine announcement in Buckhannon, W.Va.:

"Our hearts and prayers are with the families, friends and loved ones of the 12 miners who perished in this tragedy and our hopes and prayers are with the one miner who survived. Along with them, the nation has been riveted by the heroic efforts of the mine rescue teams and others, who rushed to the scene and put their lives on the line to try and return their comrades to safety. The Mine Safety and Health Administration is launching a full investigation to determine the cause of this tragedy and will take the necessary steps to ensure that this never happens again."

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