Ky. mine operators owe $29M in delinquent fines

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A published report says Kentucky coal
operators owe more in delinquent fines to federal authorities for
mine safety violations than any other state.
The Courier-Journal ( reports the finding
from an analysis it did of records from the federal Mine Safety and
Health Administration.
Records show that Kentucky mine operators owe MSHA $29.2
million, which is 40 percent of the $73.6 million total owed to the
agency in mine safety fines. Mine operators in West Virginia ranked
second, owing MSHA $14.7 million in delinquent fines.
The analysis showed many of the fines are years old, some
stemming from safety violations in 1993.
MSHA chief Joseph Main says the agency has "a very high
collection rate," and it is taking a "hard look" at operators
who haven't paid penalties.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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