ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 21, 1977
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(Studio) Senator votes down attempt to weaken bill calling for strict new mine safety standards, backed by administration and organized labor as essential to double US coal product Details of bill noted. Another threat to bill is shortage of miners.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Montcoal, West Virginia) Miners in West Virginia say job safer now than before, and accept dangers of cave-ins and black lung disease. [Miner Darrell PARSONS - says all who work here breathe coal dust and have some black lung disease.] Long-range threat to industry is finding experienced miners to replace retirees and fill jobs created by coming expansion. West Virginia has begun vocational programs to train young miners; 1 is in converted school near Welch. Details of program noted. Reasons for lack of miners now and present attractions of industry cited. [MAN - says mining is 1 of best jobs in cntry.] Ind. has concerns with regard to ability to get enough miners to meet President's coal production goals.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson
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