08/01/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Poor Engineering Primed Utah Mine For Massive Collapse, Feds Say

Federal investigators determined that major engineering deficiencies left the Crandall Canyon coal mine primed for a massive pillar collapse, and that the mine was "destined to fail."
Six miners died in a catastrophic collapse in the central Utah mine on Aug. 6, and three rescuers were killed and six injured 10 days later.
In its report, MSHA cites the mine operator, Genwal Resources, for four violations termed as "high" negligence, and five violations that it terms as "reckless disregard." The company's engineering firm, Agapito and Associates, is also cited for a reckless disregard violation.

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