Commentary: Obama got one coal appointment right, one wrong

LEXINGTON —President Barack Obama's eagerly awaited choices to oversee the coal industry produced one home run and one, well, we'll have to wait and see.

The president could not have appointed anyone more qualified than Joseph A. Main to head the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

The retired director of safety and health for the United Mine Workers of America, Main has the knowledge, communications skills and commitment to worker safety that were sorely lacking during the eight years that Elaine Chao was secretary of labor.

It's much less clear that Obama's appointment to head the Interior Department's Office of Surface Mining is as well qualified.

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