Final report on coal blast released

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) - A final federal report on a West Virginia
coal mine blast that killed 29 men details 369 safety violations at
the mine, including 12 that regulators say contributed to the
blast.
The report by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration
was released Tuesday, the same day as the announcement of a record
$210 million settlement by the new owners of the mine where the
disaster occurred in April 2010. The settlement includes $10.8
million in fines related to the Upper Big Branch mine.
The report labels nine of the violations "flagrant," the most
serious designation. They include warning miners that inspectors
were on site, failing to do proper safety inspections and other
violations that it says could have prevented the deadly blast.
The agency also said it will conduct an internal review of
MSHA's actions before and after the explosion. Relatives of the
victims and union officials have rebuked MSHA for failing to
prevent the disaster.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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