Congressman to monitor Alpha's mine operations

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The chairman of the U.S. House
Committee on Education and the Workforce says the new owner of
Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine has promised to end what he calls "corrupt practices."

But Rep. George Miller said Tuesday in Washington, D.C., that he
sees contradictions in Alpha Natural Resources' conduct and plans
to watch the Virginia company closely.

It's hired several former Massey managers who refused to testify
in the investigations of the 2010 explosion that killed 29 West
Virginia miners. It's also moved to fight sanctions for a potential
pattern of safety violations at Massey mines.

Alpha spokesman Ted Pile says the Massey employees were advised to invoke their Fifth Amendment rights long before the June sale of the company.

He also says Alpha is entitled to defend itself.

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