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MSHA reports on May special impact inspections

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The US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued 89 citations during special impact inspections in May, according to an MSHA news release. The inspections were undertaken at 13 coal mines and one metal/nonmetal mine.

Monthly impact inspections began in April 2010 and target mines that “merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or compliance concerns,” according to MSHA.

Since 2010, MSHA inspectors have conducted 1156 inspections, issuing 16 315 citations, 1313 orders and 60 safeguards. Last month, a Kentucky coal was temporarily closed after a special impact inspection resulted in three unwarrantable failure orders.

In May, 13 coal mines in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Utah and Alabama were inspected. MSHA inspections issues 70 citations to these mines with the Dotiki mine in Kentucky picking up 16 of these.

Dotiki mines Illinois Basin coal in Webster County, Kentucky, producing 4 million t in 2015. The mine is operated by Webster County Coal LLC, a subsidiary of Alliance Resource Partners.

Meanwhile Warrior Met Coal’s No. 7 Mine and Warrior Investments Co.’s Maxine-Pratt mine – both in Alabama – picked up zero citations.

The No. 7 mine was bought by Warrior Met Coal, an entity formed by Walter Energy creditors, from Walter Energy during its bankruptcy proceedings. According to MSHA data, the mine produced just over 3 million short t in 2015, down from 5.2 million short t in 2014.

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