The Nation

The owner and operator of the Wilberg Mine near Orangeville, Utah, were cited for nine alleged violations of federal mine safety standards that investigators said contributed directly to the deaths of 27 miners in a 1984 fire. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a total of 34 citations against mine owner Utah Power & Light Co. and former operator, Emery Mining Corp., as a result of its fire investigation. Earlier this month, UP&L; reached an out-of-court settlement with the victims' families, who had filed wrongful death lawsuits seeking damages of $250 million.

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