In the complicated web that is the federal government, mine safety concerns fall to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, which is part of the Labor Department.
“The last 20 hours have been difficult, stressful and heartbreaking,” Solis said in her message, adding later that, “The very
best way we can honor them is to do our job.” (Read the full e-mail
“We all believe that no one should have to sacrifice his life for his livelihood and I assure you that the death of these men will not be
in vain,” Solis said. The secretary was in Seattle when MSHA learned of
the blast on Monday afternoon. She flew back to Washington overnight to
oversee the department’s response.