It appears Massey Energy Co. failed to meet safety standards at its mine where 29 miners died in April. Federal safety officials investigating the explosion said 79% of the dust samples from the mine showed insufficient levels of crushed limestone that miners are required to spread on surfaces to neutralize combustible coal dust and prevent major explosions. The findings by the Mine Safety and Health Administration reveal another example of just how some powerful corporations believe they are above the law. This explosion at Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, was the deadliest coal mine accident in 40 years. The Justice Department should take the strongest action possible if in fact Massey has violated safety standards.
Source: Wall Street Journal
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