Kentucky Mine Cited

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A miner's video shown last week in Lexington during a public hearing on new mine seal regulations has prompted action by federal officials.

The federal Mine Safety Health Administration has cited a Letcher County coal mine that was featured in the video, shot by miner Charles Howard. It showed some seals that were cracked and leaking water inside a Cumberland River Coal Company mine.

After Howard played the video at last Thursday's MSHA hearing in Lexington, moderator Patricia Silvey said the agency would investigate and take any action warranted.

MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere confirmed yesterday that inspectors visited the Band Mill mine to check the seals. MSHA cited the mine on Friday for failing to conduct a pre-shift examination of the seals.

Cumberland River Coal is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Arch Coal. Last week, Arch spokeswoman Kim Link said problems at the mine were fixed shortly after Howard shot the video in late April.

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