SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Federal officials say an engineering firm will pay $100,000 for safety violations stemming from a deadly Utah mine collapse. For the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the settlement with Grand Junction, Colo.-based Agapito Associates Inc. closes the book on the 2007 disaster at Crandall Canyon that killed nine miners and rescuers.
The operator of the mine paid a $949,000 settlement for safety violations about a year ago. Months earlier, Genwal Resources Inc. pleaded guilty in federal court in Salt Lake City to a pair of misdemeanors for violating safety standards. It was fined $500,000. Regulators say Genwal thinned a coal barrier that should have been left standing to hold up the coal mine. Agapito was cited for "high negligence" for giving its stamp of approval. Agapito President and Chairman Michael P. Hardy didn't return a message Wednesday seeking comment from The Associated Press.