Report Says MSHA Overlooked Dangerous Mines

Law360, New York (June 24, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration knowingly allowed at least 10 mines with a history of recurring health and safety violations to escape increased regulatory scrutiny, potentially putting miners' lives at risk, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Labor's inspector general.

The report, released Wednesday, was requested by the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee after the MSHA acknowledged that a computer error had excluded the Massey Energy Co.-operated Upper Big Branch Mine — the site of a deadly...
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