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RENO, Nev. (AP) — An assistant U.S. secretary of labor is criticizing a Nevada gold mine for failing to protect its workers after federal inspectors issued 61 citations and orders for health and safety violations at Elko County’s Jerritt Canyon mine.

A new inspection report notes that the mine’s owner, Veris Gold, didn’t have to notify the Mining Safety and Health Administration when an electrical explosion and fire injured two employees at Jerritt Canyon on Dec. 16. That’s because MSHA inspectors already were on the site documenting a laundry list of infractions.

They included a blocked emergency escape route, faulty pressure relief valves and improperly stored hazardous chemicals.

Assistant Secretary Joseph Main singled out the Nevada mine and another in West Virginia as two examples that show “some mine operators still don’t get it.”

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