Thursday, June 27, 2013

Floyd County Mine Cited During MSHA Inspections

ARLINGTON, Va. - A coal mine in Floyd County, Ky. was shut down for more than a week in May following an inspection by federal regulators.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says inspectors issued 23 citations and six unwarrantable failure orders following an inspection of Tram Energy LLC's No. 1 mine on May 8. The alleged violations included mining without required dust controls in place and accumulations of combustible materials.

MSHA said Wednesday that the citations and orders led to the mine's closure from May 21 until May 30.

The citations were among 186 issued to nine coal mines and five metal or nonmetal mines during May's round of special impact inspections.

The inspections began in 2010 after the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia killed 29 men.