Report Says Mine Agency Failed To Meet Inspection Requirements

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Labor Department report says the federal
agency in charge of keeping coal miners safe failed to meet
inspection requirements at 15 percent of the nation's underground
mines last year.

The report by the department's Inspector General said the
problems were due to a decrease in federal inspectors at the U.S.
Mine Safety and Health Administration. The report also said the
agency didn't place "adequate emphasis on ensuring the inspections
were completed."

Federal investigators also found poor documentation for some of
the inspections that were completed.


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