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Coal Mine Operator Fined $761,000

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A southeastern Kentucky coal mine
operator has been fined by federal regulators for safety violations
found during a recent inspection.
Federal mine-safety officials say Harlan County operator
Stillhouse Mining was fined 761-thousand dollars for four
"flagrant violations" at its Mine Number One near Cumberland.
Stillhouse Mining was fined for failure to comply with main mine
fan stoppage requirements and failure to comply with requirements
for intentional changes in the ventilation system. It was also
fined for failure to comply with the approved roof control plan,
and for failure to perform a pre-shift examination of the
workplace.
Spokesman Richard Stickler says it was likely that a miner would
have been injured if the conditions were allowed to persist.

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