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Posted Thu Sep 30 2010: from Wall Street Journal:
Report Criticizes Coal Mine Regulators
The Labor Department's inspector general found that federal regulators failed over the past three decades to enact tougher oversight at coal mines with a history of serious safety violations. In a blistering report, the inspector general said the Mine Safety and Health Administration didn't use its full authority to police mines granted in the 1977 Mine Act. The report found that between 1990 and 2007, the agency didn't place a single mine on a list as having a pattern of violations that would trigger stiffer enforcement, even though many mines had hundreds of serious violations. The mine-safety agency was "hampered by a lack of leadership...across various administrations" that allowed the rule-making process to stall as it fell victim to "the competing interests of the industry, the operators, and the unions representing the miners," wrote Elliot P. Lewis, the Labor Department's assistant inspector general, in his report to the head of the mine-safety agency, Joseph A. Main.
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