Joseph Main, Obama's Mine Safety Chief, Praised By Advocates

08/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

President Barack Obama's choice to head the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration signals a dramatic shift from his predecessor on mine safety issues.

The selection of Joseph Main, the retired longtime safety and health administrator for the United Mine Workers of America to head MSHA, drew praise from safety advocates and criticism from the coal industry.

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