The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has fined an Alpha Natural Resources subsidiary more than $763,000 for repeated safety violations at a West Virginia coal operation. Alpha’s Kingwood Mining Co. was cited 13 times in a one-year period for allowing coal dust to accumulate along conveyor belts at its Whitetail Kittanning mine. Five of the citations were assessed as flagrant violations, which can carry fines as high as $220,000. MSHA director Richard Stickler said in a prepared statement:
The result of coal dust accumulating underground could have been a catastrophic fire or explosion. It is especially troublesome that the mine operator failed to take any corrective action, despite its own records and prior notice from MSHA that clearly indicated the need for corrective actions to protect the safety of miners.
Coal dust along conveyer belts is a common cause of coal mine fires, including a high-profile blaze that killed two miners at a West Virginia mine in January 2006.
Source: Associated Press
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