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MSHA offered some more detail Tuesday, Pauley said, “but the bottom line is the same: It was preventable. It didn’t have to happen.”

Quarles said the history of violations spoke for itself. MSHA knew there were problems at Upper Big Branch, he said. Inspectors were in the mine the day of the blast and did nothing.

“Somebody should have stepped up and said we need to take a better look at this mine and, if we have to, go in and shut it down,” he said.

“I thought this meeting would give us quite a bit more, and then in a month that it would all be over,” said Quarles, whose son Gary Wayne also died. “We didn’t learn nothing I didn’t already know.”

Quarles credited MSHA for acknowledging it could have done a better job.

“And I hope they do,” he said. “We don’t want to see any more families going through what we had to go through.”