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Mary Richards, KSL NewsradioThe decision to allow media and family members into the Crandall Canyon mine during the rescue operation is drawing criticism from inside the mining industry.
Federal officials allowed owner Bob Murray to take two family members down into the mine. But Ellen Smith, who edits the bi-weekly Mine Safety and Health News, says she doesn't buy the Feds' defense that those tours were worth "a million dollars to family members."
"I challenge them and say, had something happened, or if something happens, will it be worth a million dollars to those families to lose two more family members?" she asks.
Smith is also criticizing a tour taken by media members last week. She says it's a dangerous and unsafe rescue mission, and not a feel-good operation, at this point.