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UMW to release mine explosion report

The United Mine Workers of America will release its report on the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at a West Virginia coal mine next week.

President Cecil Roberts plans a Tuesday briefing in Charleston
on the disaster at the Upper Big Branch mine.

Roberts hinted Thursday that the report will be tough on
regulators. He says the union has fewer restrictions than other
investigating agencies. The UMW has no enforcement action - or
inaction - to explain. Nor does it have to defend lawsuits.

Investigators say the blast was fueled by methane and coal dust.
But Roberts says the victims' families deserve to know the whole
story, and the union's report offers more detail.

The UMW is a legal representative of workers at the non-union
mine.


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