HIGHSPLINT, Ky. (AP) - A Harlan County coal mine that owes thousands in overdue fines to the federal government has stopped production.
Federal officials say K and D Mining Inc.'s No. 17 mine in Highsplint stopped producing coal June 22. Inspectors during a surprise inspection in May found little or no ventilation where miners were working and coal dust accumulations, among other problems.
The Courier-Journal reports that K and D owes more than $700,000 in overdue fines for safety violations.
A spokesman for the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing says K and D has not abandoned its mine license.
Two of the operators who run K and D mine, Ralph Napier and John D. North, formerly operated Kentucky Darby Mine No. 1, where a 2006 blast killed five miners.
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