Read the report here.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal mine safety regulators quietly warned lawmakers just two weeks before the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster about serious enforcement lapses, including incomplete inspections and inadequate enforcement actions, according to a previously unpublished report to Congress.
On March 25, 2010, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration submitted a mandated report to the Senate Appropriations Committee on the activities of MSHA's internal Office of Accountability.
Over the previous two years, according to the report, MSHA auditors from the agency's accountability office found:
The findings mirror those of numerous MSHA internal reviews conducted after major mining disasters over the last 20 years, as well as repeated criticism from the Labor Department Inspector General and the U.S. Governmental Accountability Office.