Its eight members are mixed, with two from the industry in some capacity and six from other arenas, mostly political. They include:
Former US senator Jake Garn
Huntington, Utah mayor Hilary Gordon
Price, Utah mayor Joe Piccolo
Senator Mike Dmitrich
Representative Kay McIff
UMWA safety and health director Dennis O'Dell
Utah Mining Association representative David Litvin
Chairman: former US attorney and University of Utah Law School dean Scott Matheson
The purpose of the group, according to a statement made by Huntsman Thursday, is also varied.
"[It] will investigate the Crandall Canyon Mine disaster and the State of Utah's role leading up to the incident â€“ in the rescue, recovery and community support processes, and in mine safety and accident prevention in the future," Huntsman said.
He also said that he has requested the committee to make recommendations on future policy changes at the state and federal level for various topics, such as mine safety, and seek expert assistance through a voluntarily compiled technical advisory group.
As part of its work towards releasing a preliminary report sometime during the US fall season, the committee plans to conduct public hearings in Huntington and Price, as well as other spots to be determined.
"The commission will not be tasked with investigating the cause of the Crandall Canyon Mine disaster or determine any fault for its occurrence," Huntsman noted.
According to local state news media Tuesday, the commission met this week for the first time to begin its work.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, one group member said that it really isnâ€™t yet clear whether or not the state has a mine safety problem.
"You can't spend enough money on safety," said Mike Dmitrich.
"But before we get too carried away, let's look at Utah's mine safety record. Do we really have a problem, other than this one?"