Senators Threaten to Intervene to Improve Mine Safety

Frustrated by delays in updating safety regulations and adopting new technology to protect miners, lawmakers told federal mining officials yesterday that it was time for Congress to intervene. The federal mine safety agency ''had the legal authority to require better equipment and better communication, but it didn't use it,'' Senator Robert C. Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, said at a Senate oversight hearing in response to a spate of fatal mining accidents this year.

By IAN URBINA

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