CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- New federal rules will require mine rescue teams to carry more air underground.
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said Monday the rules double the capacity of self-contained breathing equipment to four hours.
MSHA says the rules also require two extra oxygen bottles for every six sets of breathing equipment.
Rescue teams also must have eight hours of liquid air, liquid oxygen, pressurized oxygen or oxygen-generating and carbon-dioxide absorbing chemicals to extend breathing equipment.
MSHA says teams must carry four detectors for each gas that may be encountered, up from the old requirement of two.
MSHA director Richard Stickler says it's critical for teams to have the latest equipment to rescue injured or trapped miners.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.