MSHA issues 285 citations at mines in November

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal mining regulators issued 285 citations during November impact inspections.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it also issued 11 orders following inspections at nine coal mines and seven other mines.

MSHA issued 23 citations and seven orders at TRC Mining Corp. No. 2 mine in Letcher County, Ky. Violations included failing to follow the ventilation plan, seal maintenance or pre-shift examinations.

The orders closed the underground portion of the mine.

MSHA also issued 40 citations and two orders at the BHP Cooper Inc., Pinto Valley Operation in Gila County, Ariz., where a miner was killed in September. Inspectors said the operator failed to provide proper barricades or warning signs.

The inspections began in 2010 after a mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 coal miners.

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