Review of MSHA's
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The Internal Review team offers sincere condolences to the families and friends of the miners who lost their lives or were injured in the explosion. While we can not begin to comprehend the pain, sorrow, and anguish that friends and family members have experienced and continue to experience, our efforts are respectfully dedicated to the memory of the 29 miners. We also wish to acknowledge the efforts of the many Company, State, MSHA, and other rescue and recovery personnel who performed selflessly at UBB.
Internal Review Without Appendices (2.46 MB)
Internal Review (With Appendices - 17.4 MB)
Audio track of the press conference call held 3/6/2012 (.wav file)
An Independent Panel Assessment of An Internal Review of MSHA Enforcement Actions at the Upper Big Branch Mine South
Entire Set of Appendices (15.1 MB)
By Appendix Appendix A — Program Area Responses
Addition to Appendix A — Other recommendations and corrective actions not included in original appendix (Added November 15, 2012)
Appendix B — Persons Interviewed or Providing Information
Appendix C — Recommendations for Regulatory Changes
Appendix D — Enforcement of Specific Standards (Non contributory Violations)
Appendix E — MSHA Inspections and Investigations at UBB
Appendix F — Lists of Inspection Procedure Headers
Appendix G — Section 103(i) Spot Inspections at UBB
Appendix H — Violations Cited during Section 103(i) Spot Inspections at UBB
Appendix I — Comparison of the MMU Plans for the Longwall Panels
Appendix J — Inundation by Water of the 1 North Longwall Headgate
Appendix K — Review of Longwall Pillar Designs at UBB
Appendix L — Summary of Deficiencies Common to District 4 Accountability Audits and the UBB Internal Review
Appendix M — MSHA Technical Support Memoranda on UBB Floor Bursts
Appendix N — Comparison of Belt Inspections and Examination Records
Appendix O — Enforcement of Respirable Dust Standards
• Corrective Action Tracking * (Updated 1/31/2013)
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