MSHA Must Make New FOIA Mine Collapse Inquiry

Law360, New York (July 23, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has found that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration did not adequately honor UtahAmerican Energy Inc.'s Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to a Utah mine disaster, ordering the agency to conduct a new inquiry.

Judge Richard W. Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued the ruling Wednesday. UtahAmerican, which ran the mine through a subsidiary, sought documents related to Crandall Canyon Mine, which collapsed in 2007, killing nine people.

The parties had both filed...
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