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MSHA release June impact inspection results

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The US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued 65 citations during its June special impact inspections of 11 coal mines, the administration said in a news announcement.

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.

June impact inspections took place at mines in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Utah and Louisiana.

Bowie Resource Partners Dugout Canyon mine in Utah and AEP’s Dolet Hills lignite mine in Louisiana received no citations, while Knight Hawk Coal’s Prairie Eagle-Underground mine received just one.

Dugout Canyon mine, which is operated by Bowie subsidiary, Canyon Fuel Co., produced 0.76 million t last year, according to MSHA data.

Dolet Hills mines lignite to feed the Dolet Hills power plant, a 650 MW plant co-owned by Cleco, which also operates the plant, and AEP-SWEPCO. Last year the mine produced 3.2 million t of coal, according to MSHA.

Alliance Resources Partners’ Mine #4 in Pike County, Kentucky, received over a third of the citations – 22 in total. Mine #4 is operated by Alliance subsidiary, Excel Mining LLC, and produced 1.5 million t of coal last year.

Other mines inspected included Mepco Intermediate Holdings’ 4 West mine in Green County, Pennsylvania, Murray Energy’s Monongella County mine in West Virginia and Paradise #9 mine in Kentucky, Panther Creek Mining’s American Eagle mine in West Virginia, Revelation Energy’s D-19 mine in Virginia and S-17 Cumberland mine in Kentucky and Alpha Natural Resources’ Road Fork #5 mine in West Virginia.

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