Report criticizes MSHA fine collection procedures

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Posted: Nov 29, 2011 7:30 AM
Report criticizes MSHA fine collection procedures

A new report says some mine operators are avoiding paying fines for safety violations because the Mine Safety and Health Administration's collection system is flawed.

The report by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General says MSHA has failed to finalize policies and procedures designed to identify "scofflaw violators."

The report also says MSHA's debt collection information is unreliable because the agency doesn't know whether some violators have paid their fines.

MSHA Chief Joe Main says in a response that the report's recommendations refer to internal policies and procedures. Main says the report doesn't identify any failure to comply with federal laws or requirements.

The Charleston Gazette ( http://bit.ly/rxiIA1) reported the Inspector General's findings and Main's response on Tuesday.