MSHA cites 214 violations in March at 9 coal mines

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Mine Safety and Health
Administration says it issued 214 violations during special
inspections at nine coal mines in March.

Inspectors closed Redhawk Mining's Redhawk No. 1 in Floyd
County, Ky., for 72 hours and issued 40 violations.

It has a history of releasing methane and was on notice about
ventilation. Yet MSHA says there was insufficient air flow, and
water sprayers that control dust weren't working properly.

MSHA also issued 38 citations and 16 unwarrantable failure
orders at Perry County Coal's E3-1 Mine in Kentucky.

Inspectors found 14 accumulations of explosive material, from
paper-thin coatings of coal dust to piles of coal 3 feet thick.
MSHA says the hazards had clearly existed for some time.

The impact inspections began in 2010, after West Virginia's
Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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