Mining officials concealed information that could have prevented the deaths of nine miners in Utah last year, says a congressional report out today. The August disaster followed the collapse of a nearby section of the mine, which indicated that the terrain was unsafe—but officials at the Crandall Mine didn’t report the earlier incident to federal safety authorities, the New York Times reports.
“Even after the near-disaster in March, the company forged ahead,” said the head of the committee studying the case. Further, a federal organization had clearly noted that the area was dangerous, the report found. The committee has asked the Justice Department to assess whether the mine's manager and others intentionally hid the earlier collapse. (Read more Crandall Canyon Mine stories.)