Mine Safety Nominee Fields Tough Questions From Senators

The Bush administration's nominee to be the nation's top mine safety regulator faced tough questioning on Tuesday at a Senate confirmation hearing that reflected competing visions of a proper oversight role. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the ranking Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, suggested that the nominee, Richard M. Stickler, might be too cozy with the mine industry to move the Mine Safety and Health Administration, which he would head, toward stiffer enforcement.

By IAN URBINA

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