CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A new report says some mine operators
are avoiding paying fines for safety violations because the Mine
Safety and Health Administration's collection system is flawed.
The report by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector
General says MSHA has failed to finalize policies and procedures
designed to identify "scofflaw violators."
The report also says MSHA's debt collection information is
unreliable because the agency doesn't know whether some violators
have paid their fines.
MSHA Chief Joe Main says in a response that the report's
recommendations refer to internal policies and procedures. Main
says the report doesn't identify any failure to comply with federal
laws or requirements.