Three Kentucky Mines Among Those Cited by Federal Regulators in June

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited three Kentucky mines for safety violations. They were among 14 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections.

The mines cited were the Cheyenne Mining Company’s Number 11 mine in Pike County, D&C Mining Corporation’s mine in Harlan County and North Fork Coal Corporation’s Mine Number 4 in Letcher County. Together they received a total of 45 orders and citations.

MSHA began the special impact inspections after the explosion last year at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia killed twenty-nine miners. Since then, the agency says it’s conducted nearly 300 impact inspections, which have resulted in more than 5,000 citations.