CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The federal Mine Safety and Health
Administration has put eight mines on notice that they have a
potential pattern of safety violations and will face more scrutiny.
Four troubled mines are in West Virginia: Marfork Coal's Parker
Peerless mine in Raleigh County; Pay Car Mining's No. 58 Mine in
McDowell County; Pine Ridge Coal's Big Mountain No. 16 in Boone
County; and Rio Group's Coalburg No. 2 Mine in Logan County.
Also targeted are Nine Mile Mining's No. 3 Mine in Wise County,
Va.; Manalapan Mining's RB No. 12 in Harlan County, Ky.; Big
Ridge's Willow Lake Portal in Illinois; and Queenstake Resources'
Jerritt Canyon Mill in Elko, Nev.
MSHA chief Joe Main says operators can monitor their compliance
but these operators either didn't do so or didn't respond
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