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Report on W.Va. mine explosion details violations

Federal report on W.Va. mine explosion details violations involved in deadly blast By The Associated Press

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) ' A final federal report on a West Virginia coal mine blast that killed 29 men details 369 safety violations at the mine, including 12 that regulators say contributed to the blast.

The report by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration was released Tuesday, the same day as the announcement of a record $210 million settlement by the new owners of the mine where the disaster occurred in April 2010. The settlement includes $10.8 million in fines related to the Upper Big Branch mine.

The report labels nine of the violations "flagrant," the most serious designation. They include warning miners that inspectors were on site, failing to do proper safety inspections and other violations that it says could have prevented the deadly blast.

The agency also said it will conduct an internal review of MSHA's actions before and after the explosion. Relatives of the victims and union officials have rebuked MSHA for failing to prevent the disaster.

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