U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, joined a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues on Monday in reintroducing the bicameral COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection Act.

The legislation would require the U.S. Department of Labor to issue an emergency temporary standard requiring mine operators to establish a plan to tackle occupational COVID-19 exposure and provide miners with the necessary personal protective equipment

“Ohio miners have put their health at risk for years to power our country,” Brown said. “And now they’re facing more danger, as working conditions put them at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. MSHA needs to issue an enforceable safety standard to protect these miners from infectious disease, and we need to ensure these workers have the personal protective equipment they need to prevent exposure.”

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