GAO Finds Holes In MSHA's Mine Safety Oversight

Law360, New York (April 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Because the Mine Safety Health Administration has failed to provide clear guidance on emergency response plans and guidelines for new technologies, mining companies may miss an important opportunity to improve trapped miners' chances of survival after an accident, according to a government study.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Tuesday that MSHA, an agency in the Department of Labor created to enforce safety and health standards for mines, has not yet implemented all of the 2006 Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act.

Congress passed the...
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