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MSHA’s investigation of that accident will be out soon, Stricklin said.
He added that MSHA inspectors are on the ground more in mines where retreat mining is being conducted. "We visit every month to look first hand at what goes on there and to see if the plan is adequate and protecting miners."
Six miners are still entombedThe walls of the Crandall Canyon coal mine in Emery County imploded on Aug. 6, 2007, burying six miners. A second implosion Aug. 16 killed three rescuers, injured six more and ended the underground search for the missing six, who remain entombed in East Mountain.
The settlement is subject to approval by an administrative law judge with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.
That’s some consolation, but not much, for Allred.
"If that’s the case," he said, "then at least my brother’s life was not taken in vain."
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