Coal company, feds reach $441,000 settlement

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky coal company and the federal government have reached a $441,000 settlement over unpaid civil penalties accrued over more than three years.

Viper Coal, located in Floyd County, will pay the bill to clear off its books 259 Mine Safety and Health Administration citations accumulated from January 2008 through August 2011.

The citations were for a variety of safety violations and violations of the federal Mine Act.

Federal prosecutors sued Viper Coal in July after sending 21 letters demanding the company pay the penalties.

The two sides filed the agreed judgment Thursday in U.S. District Court in Pikeville.

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