December 2, 2005
Federal Criminal Proceedings Against Mining Companies, 1979-2005
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), a division of the Department of Labor, is in charge of enforcing federal safety and health laws and regulations in the nation’s mines. Mine operators can be charged criminally for violations, but only if a mine operator commits a violation in a willful or knowing manner, or flagrantly disregards the safety rules.
Once again, the good folks at the Memory Hole have obtained an othewise unavailable document. In this case, the Memory Hole has a detailed list of MSHA’s 242 prosecutions against mining companies from 1979 through part of 2005. The list has not been published on MSHA’s website.
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