The Times West Virginian

West Virginia

June 27, 2014

Three West Virginia mines cited by MSHA

CHARLESTON — Federal impact inspections at U.S. mine operations in May resulted in 172 citations and 21 orders.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration conducted the inspections at 10 coal mines in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Utah.

Inspections also were done at two metal and nonmetal mines in Georgia and California.

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

The following West Virginia mines recieved citations or orders:

• Affinity Mine; operating under Pocahontas Coal Company LLC; Metinvest B V controller; seven citations, one order, one safeguard. The Affinity Mine is located in Midway, which is in Putnam County on the east bank of the Kanawha River.

• Eagle 3 Mine; operating under Rhino Eastern LLC; Patriot Coal Corp., Rhino Resource Partners LP controller; 29 citations, one order. Eagle 3 Mine is located in Glen Rogers, which is in Wyoming County.

• WV-3 Surface Mine; operating under Kentucky Fuel Corporation; James C. Justice II controller; 16 citations. WV-3 Surface Mine is located in Lyburn, which is in Logan County.

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