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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Four U.S. senators -- including Orrin Hatch of Utah and Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts -- told the Labor Department this week that they want internal department reviews of the Crandall Canyon Mine accident.
That happened even as the Mine Safety and Health Administration continues its investigation into the disaster. Kennedy is chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He has scheduled a hearing Oct. 2 to examine mine safety. He has already requested volumes of documents related to the Utah mine. The House Education and Labor Committee has a hearing set for Oct. 3 that will also look into the disaster.
The Labor Department has asked that the hearings be postponed as it works on the investigation into the Utah accident. Six miners were trapped in the Aug. 6 mine collapse, and days later, three rescuers died trying to reach them.
Information from: Deseret Morning News
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