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Mining Agency Release Review Of Big Branch Explosion

Nearly two years after the deadliest mine disaster in four decades, the Mine Safety and Health Administration reveals its internal review of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion. The report focuses on possible agency failures that contributed to the tragedy in which 29 coal miners died. The report will likely provide an official record of shortcomings and specific connections to the conditions that led to the explosion. Critics have wondered how mine safety regulators could miss or fail to respond adequately to dangerous, persistent and clearly evident problems with Massey Energy's management of the mine.
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