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MSHA Cites W.Va. and Ky. Mines as Pattern Violaters

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has labeled two West Virginia coal mines and one in Kentucky as pattern violators, meaning they've repeatedly broken federal health and safety regulations.

The Brody Mining's Brody Mine No. 1 in Boone County, W.Va., and Tram Energy's Mine No. 1 in Floyd County, Ky are two of the mines.

The other is the Pocahontas Coal Co.'s Affinity Mine in Raleigh County, where two men died within two weeks of each other in February.

They're the first added to the list since MSHA began using new screening criteria in March.

MSHA director Joe Main said Thursday his staff is reviewing several other mines that could be added.

When a mine is put on the Pattern of Violations, or POV list, it is subject to a higher level of scrutiny.


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