MSHA conducts 3-state Alpha inspection blitz

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(Coal mine photo courtesy US Geographical Survey)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The federal Mine Safety and Health
Administration says it conducted a one-day inspection blitz at 43
Alpha Natural Resources mines in three states, but it has yet to
share the results.
National Public Radio ( says inspectors
targeted former Massey Energy operations in West Virginia, Virginia
and Kentucky earlier this week.
Virginia-based Alpha bought Massey's operations last year for
$7.1 billion.
MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere says the blitz Wednesday followed
a recent incident involving a burning conveyor belt at Alpha's Road
Fork No. 51 mine in Wyoming County. That mine was cited for serious
and substantial violations.
Louviere says no violations issued this week were as serious as
those at Road Fork.
But Alpha spokesman Ted Pile says the Road Fork incident was not
life-threatening, and workers handled it properly.

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