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UMWA safety chief named to Utah panel investigating Crandall Canyon, mine safety

August 24, 2007

United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:
"I am extremely pleased that Governor Jon Huntsman has named UMWA Health and Safety Administrator Dennis O'Dell to the newly created Utah Mine Safety Commission.
"Mr. O'Dell is nationally recognized as one of the leading experts on mine safety. His work on a similar commission established in the wake of last year's Sago mine disaster in West Virginia was instrumental in the writing of tougher regulations that have enhanced miner safety.
"I also applaud Governor Huntsman for recognizing that the Crandall Canyon disaster warrants a thorough investigation conducted independent of parties involved in the approval of the mining operation and rescue effort there."

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