PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- More than 30 miners have been laid off in Pike County, according to officials with TECO Coal.
They say they suspended 32 of nearly 200 employees at the Premier Elkhorn mine in the Myra community of Pike County.
That announcement was made Thursday.
TECO officials blame a coal industry that has been hard hit by Environmental Protection Agency regulations and a struggling economy.
Officials in Pike County say while layoffs are never a good thing, they believe the coal industry is starting to bounce back.
Also, while officials say they hope the layoffs are temporary, that is not certain at this time.
TECO officials say all the layoffs were surface mine workers. None of them were administrative positions.