Panel faults MSHA enforcement prior to explosion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A team of experts says the federal Mine
Safety and Health Administration could have prevented or reduced
the likelihood of an April 2010 explosion in southern West Virginia
that killed 29 miners.
The team was appointed by the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health a month after the April 2010
explosion to examine MSHA's internal review of its actions at the
Upper Big Branch mine. The explosion there was the worst U.S. coal
mining disaster in 40 years.
The report says if MSHA had done timely enforcement of laws and
regulations prior to the explosion, "it would have lessened the
chances of - and possibly could have prevented" the explosion.
An MSHA spokeswoman didn't immediately comment on the report,
first reported by The Charleston Gazette (

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