Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

October 4, 2012

Audit: MSHA accountability improves, with lapses

CHARLESTON — A federal audit says the Mine Safety and Health Administration has addressed concerns over its inspection and enforcement actions but there are still lapses.

The audit by the Labor Department’s inspector general says these problems have been repeatedly identified following mining disasters in 2006, 2007 and 2010.

According to the audit, MSHA addressed nearly all of the recommendations made by an earlier audit that criticized an internal accountability office created to monitor the agency’s performance.

But the new audit says MSHA continues to face challenges in administering a successful accountability program.

The Charleston Gazette ( ) reported the audit’s findings.

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