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Feds Blame Low Oxygen For Coal Miner Deaths

BROOKWOOD, Ala. (AP) - The federal Mine Safety and Health
Administration is blaming low oxygen for the death of a coal miner
at a west Alabama mine.

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said
53-year-old James Chaney, of Berry, and a partner encountered an
area of apparent low oxygen during a weekly inspection about 2 a.m.
Tuesday at the Jim Walters No. 7 Mine near Brookwood.

The second miner and four rescuers were hospitalized as well.

The federal agency's spokeswoman, Amy Louviere, says the cause
of low oxygen hasn't been determined. However, MSHA says the men
were conducting a weekly examination of a system used to control
air flow and dilute methane and other gases and dust.

MSHA, Alabama and the United Mine Workers are investigating.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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