MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Federal inspectors issued 174 citations and 19 orders at troubled coal mines last month, and shut down a Kentucky operation with explosives near a burning pile of coal.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration says it issued 32 citations and 12 orders against Coal Creek Mining LLC’s No. 2 Mine in Floyd County, Ky.
Inspectors found a 5- by 10-foot coal pile on fire about 23 feet from two unsecured cases of explosives.
They also found a 5-gallon oil bucket full of burning coal near a portal and loose coal up to 30 inches deep under conveyor belts and near ignition sources.
The mine was inadequately dusted to prevent explosions, and MSHA says approved ventilation plans were ignored.
A telephone listing for Coal Creek Mining could not be found.