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State to complete UBB report before end of January

Given the scheduled release next week of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s report on the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, I wondered what was going on with the state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training’s investigation of the April 2010 disaster.

I checked in with office spokeswoman Leslie Fitzwater, and this is what she told me:

The Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training plans to have its UBB report completed by the end of January 2012.


I’ve changed the headline on this story to correct my misunderstanding of the agency’s plans … here’s an updated note I received from Leslie Fitzwater —

You did quote me correctly; however, the headline stating the report will be issued before the end of January is misleading.  We plan to complete the report by that date, but we will not decide until that date when to issue it.