ENVIRONMENT
06/15/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

West Virginia Governor Orders 'Stand Down,' Immediate Mine Inspections

Manchin called it a "stand-down" and told reporters Wednesday he expects all mine operators and workers to honor the idea.

"This is not a day off," the governor stressed. "This is not a closure. This is not a shutdown whatsoever.

The governor also ordered the immediate inspection of the state's more than 200 underground coal mines.

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