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Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced the members of the newly organized Utah Mine Safety Commission which will investigate the Crandall Canyon Mine disaster and the State of Utah's role leading up to the incident; in the rescue, recovery and community support processes, and in mine safety and accident prevention in the future. Governor Huntsman has asked Scott Matheson, former dean of the University of Utah Law School and former United State Attorney, to chair the Commission. 

"When looking to appoint the best person in the nation to chair this important commission, I thought of no one better suited for this task than Scott," said Governor Huntsman. "He has the right background, methodical approach to problem-solving, and leadership necessary to lead this important Commission." 

A significant part of this review will be an assessment of the role of state and local government relative to the federal government and private industry in ensuring mine safety. The Governor has asked the Commission to make policy recommendations on how the State should promote mine safety, including legislative changes at the state and/or federal levels. The Commission will also seek expert assistance through recruitment of a volunteer technical advisory committee.

 Public hearings will be conducted in Huntington and Price, as well as other locations which may be deemed appropriate. The Commission will not be tasked with investigating the cause of the Crandall Canyon Mine disaster or determine any fault for its occurrence.

 Other Commission members, serving in this voluntary capacity, will include the following:

Jake Garn, former United States Senator
Mayor Hilary Gordon, Huntington
Mayor Joe Piccolo, Price
Senator Mike Dmitrich
Representative Kay McIff
Dennis O'Dell, Safety and Health Director of the United Mine Workers of America
David Litvin, Utah Mining Association

The Commission is expected to offer a preliminary report sometime this Fall.

Last Revised - 9/19/2007

 

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