Ill. Didn't Have Enough Mine Inspectors Last 2 Years: Report

Law360, New York (April 5, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT) -- Illinois didn't employ enough mine safety inspectors to police the state's mines in both the 2011 and 2012 fiscal years as required by state law, according to a report released Thursday by the state's top watchdog.

The Illinois Auditor General's Office said the state's Department of Natural Resources employed just 10 inspectors to police 44 mines operating in Illinois in 2011 and 47 mines in 2012. The state's Coal Mining Act requires a minimum of 16 inspectors.

The DNR told auditors that it didn't have the...
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