Friday, February 27, 2015

US mining regulators cite Virginia coal mine after Jan. visit


Federal mine inspectors say they issued 176 citations during a January inspection of mines, including 31 at a Virginia coal mine.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration on Thursday released the results of its inspections last month. The inspections occurred at 13 coal mines and three metal and nonmetal mines.

The monthly inspections focus on mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement because of a poor compliance history or particular compliance concerns.

On Jan. 13, MSHA conducted an impact inspection at Mill Branch Coal Corp's Osaka Mine in Wise County, Virginia. As a result, inspectors issued 31 citations, among other findings.

MSHA said its inspectors found hazardous conditions that exposed miners to potential ignitions, fire and explosions, and the risk of developing black lung and other respiratory diseases.