February 28, 2013

Kentucky Mine Shut Down after Surprise Federal Inspections

A mine in eastern Kentucky was closed for a week after a surprise inspection from Federal inspectors resulted in five orders and 54 citations.

The mine in question was the No. 1 Mine of Rain Coal Company, which received the inspection on January 15. Reportedly an anonymous complaint led to the notification of Federal officials.

Rain Coal said the mine was no longer producing coal as of February 11.

The main concern was the failure of Rain Coal to comply with control the dust in the mine via a required ventilation plan. Too much dust in a mine can result in the mine igniting.

According to the MSHA, it has been inspecting mines in 9 states in January, which resulted in 245 citations and 13 orders.

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