A bill creating a Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety was given final approval Thursday by the Senate.
SB224, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mike Dmitrich, D-Price, contains the recommendations of Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.'s commission on mine safety, formed after last year's Crandall Canyon Mine disaster in Emery County.
Six miners were trapped deep underground after the August collapse and three rescuers died trying to reach them. The bodies have not been recovered.
Dmitrich said the new office would be located in Price and cost $280,000 annually. He said the bill provides for the anonymous reporting of mine safety violations, which the governor's commission said was needed immediately.
The bill also creates a Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council and requires annual reports from both the office and council on the safety of Utah's coal mines. It now goes to the House for further action.