"The unions are concerned because they want to be able to show whether there were problems in mine safety," Brown said. "The mine owners are concerned because they want to show they were doing everything. The regulators, the oversight committees want to show that they were doing everything. So everybody is jockeying for position, at this point."
Brown said that the competing interests forces agencies and organizations into a defensive position. Instead of being on the defensive, Brown said that U.S. officials need to focus on their immediate mission.