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Investigator worried about sharing interview info

Investigator worried about sharing interview info

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An investigator looking into the Crandall Canyon mine disaster doesn't want the federal mining boss to see interview transcripts of employees critical of the operation.

Earnest Teaster, Jr., said he's troubled by a decision to let the head of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration have access to transcripts of interviews given during the Labor Department's probe of the Crandall Canyon mine disaster.

He says the move could have a chilling effect on employees' willingness to participate in future investigations.

A Labor Department spokesman says the information will help the mining agency. He also says employees shouldn't fear retaliation for their remarks.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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