Mine Cited After Miner's Video Shown

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) - A miner's video shown last week in
Lexington during a public hearing on new mine seal regulations has
prompted action by federal officials.
The federal Mine Safety Health Administration has cited a
Letcher County coal mine that was featured in the video, shot by
miner Charles Howard. It showed some seals that were cracked and
leaking water inside a Cumberland River Coal Company mine. After
Howard played the video at last Thursday's MSHA hearing in
Lexington, moderator Patricia Silvey said the agency would
investigate and take any action warranted.
MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere confirmed yesterday that
inspectors visited the Band Mill mine to check the seals. MSHA
cited the mine on Friday for failing to conduct a pre-shift
examination of the seals.
Cumberland River Coal is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Arch
Coal. Last week, Arch spokeswoman Kim Link said problems at the
mine were fixed shortly after Howard shot the video in late April.

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