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(Studio) Hearings begin with regard to Farmington, West Virginia, mine disaster.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(West Virginia and Pennsylvania) Explosive danger of coal dust cited. United States Bureau of Mines experiment shown. Procedure to settle coal dust explained. Consolidation Coal Company owns Mine 9 at Farmington, West Virginia. Film of mine disaster shown. Incorrect rock dusting said found at Mine 9. John Corcoran, president Consolidation, quoted with regard to findings. [CORCORAN - explains citations.] [John KAZNOSKI - speaks of dead father's concern with regard to mine explosion.] [CORCORAN - believes mine properly rock dusted.] Situation considered. US Bureau of Mines rules with regard to rock dusting violations reviewed. [Director Bureau of Mines, John O'LEARY - does not consider frequency of violation necessarily flagrant violation.] [Senator Gaylord NELSON - thinks mine should have been closed.] [O'LEARY - notes mine closing penalty.] [CORCORAN - does not attribute explosion to neglect.] EFfectiveness of laws, unions, management and government called into question, with regard to mine safety.
REPORTER: John Hart
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Hart, John
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