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MSHA issues 290-plus citations, 21 orders during Oct, Nov inspections at coal, other mines
Reported by: Associated Press
Friday, December 20, 2013 2:41 AM EST
Federal mining regulators issued more than 290 citations during October and November impact inspections.
MSHA issued 36 citations and six orders at Maple Coal Co.'s Maple Eagle No. 1 Mine in Fayette County.
The mine operator was cited for violating an approved roof control and ventilation plans and failing to install needed roof supports.
Mines in West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Minnesota and Utah also received citations.
The inspections began in 2010 after a mine explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia that killed 29 coal miners.
Since then MSHA has conducted 687 inspections and issued 11,427 citations and 1,052 orders.