New York Times November 9, 2003
Mine Safety Official Critical of Policies Faces Firing
By JAMES DAO
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 — The Bush administration
has notified a mine safety official who has sharply criticized federal mining policies that it intends to fire him, according
to documents and the official's lawyers.
The official, Jack Spadaro, the superintendent of the National Mine
Health and Safety Academy in Beckley, W.Va., has been an outspoken critic of a federal investigation into a huge spill of
coal sludge in eastern Kentucky three years ago. The accident, at the Martin County Coal Company, is considered one of the
biggest environmental disasters in the Appalachian region.