The owner of an iron mine in northern Hebei province has been accused of attempting to cover up a flooding accident that left eight people missing. The State Administration of Work Safety, the national agency in charge of mine safety, posted an announcement on its Web site yesterday saying cover-ups of deadly mine accidents were still continuing. In the latest incident, the owner of the Fada Iron Mine, whose name was not revealed, failed to inform authorities that eight people were left missing after the mine in Handan city was flooded on October 12. Legislation enacted in 1982 requires all such incidents to be reported to authorities almost immediately. The accident was exposed only when outsiders reported the incident to authorities, the brief announcement said, but it did not say whether the owner had been arrested nor when the flooding was reported.