Obama letter criticizes MSHA's part in Crandall Canyon disaster

Obama letter criticizes MSHA's part in Crandall Canyon disaster

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(KSL News) One of the letters President-elect Barack Obama wrote in the final days of his campaign deals with his feelings on mine safety and alludes to the Crandall Canyon mine disaster in Utah.

The Washington Post obtained letters Obama wrote as his campaign was winding down. One of them, dated Oct. 20, was addressed to a labor leader.

Then Sen. Obama devoted an entire paragraph to criticism of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

Part of the letter reads: "One of the worst disasters of the Bush administration has been the department's failure to ensure mine safety. In my department of labor, the administrator of Mine Safety and Health will be an advocate for miners' safety and health, not for the mining companies' bottom lines."

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