A federal mining inspection blitz found regulators issuing 177 citations, 22 orders and one safeguard.
The feds shut down one coal mine in Kentucky for eight days while the company corrected problems found during a June 21 inspection, said U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) officials.
Inspectors issued 19 citations and 12 withdrawal orders to Bledsoe Coal Corp.’s Abner Branch Rider Mine in Leslie County, KY. Inspectors found accumulations of coal dust and hydraulic oil, an improperly working methane monitor and other violations.
Tunnel LLC’s Tunnel Ridge Mine in Ohio County, WV, received 29 citations and five unwarrantable failure orders from the federal agency. Violations included failure to conduct methane tests.
The inspection process started up in 2010 after the Upper Big Branch mine explosion killed 29 coal miners in West Virginia.