WV Mine Blast Fine Reinstated

Thursday, January 16, 2014 @ 06:01 PM gHale

Penalties that ended up reduced in a 2006 mine explosion that left 12 workers dead are now going back to their original level.

A review panel reinstated $14,500 in penalties proposed by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), against a coal company for violations involving the 2006 Sago mine explosion that killed 12 workers.

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The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission overturned an administrative law judge’s 2010 ruling that reduced the penalties against Wolf Run Mining Co., an International Coal Group (ICG) subsidiary, to $11,000. The commission assessed the original penalties proposed by MSHA.

MSHA released the commission’s December decision on Tuesday.

The agency cited Wolf Run for failing to immediately notify it of the explosion and summon mine rescue teams. The review commission reinstated MSHA’s designations of the violations as “unwarrantable failure” and “high negligence.”

Arch Coal bought ICG in 2011. The company was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.



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