Next up to lead the Mine Safety and Health Administration? A mine safety violator (of course).
President Trump has chosen former coal executive David Zatezalo to oversee the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Zatezalo is familiar with the agency, because his former company, Rhino Resources, was often in violation of its health and safety regulations. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the mine-safety office sent a letter to Rhino in 2010, warning of a “pattern of violations” at its mines in West Virginia and Kentucky. A similar letter followed in 2011. Given that record, West Virginia Representative Bobby Scott, the ranking Democrat on the committee overseeing worker safety, called on the Senate to closely scrutinize Trump’s nomination. “There is abundant data,” Scott says, that Zatezalo “has repeatedly failed to abide by basic mine-safety standards and neglected to adequately protect the health and safety of miners for whom he was responsible.”