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MSHA issues 190 citations to mines nationwide, 46 to three West Virginia coal mines in July

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Inspectors with the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration issued 190 citations and eight orders during special impact inspections conducted in July, the Administration announced Aug. 28. Of the citations given, 46 were issued to three West Virginia coal mines.

The inspections, conducted at 15 coal mines and three metal and nonmetal mines in 11 states last month, involve mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or particular compliance concerns. The department began conducting special impact inspections in April 2010 following the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine.

Two West Virginia mines operated by Alpha Natural Resources subsidiaries received 15 citations; three were issued to Marfork Coal Company's Horse Creek Mine near Naoma in Raleigh County, and 12 were issued to Rockspring Development's Camp Creek Mine near East Lynn in Wayne County. Additionally, Murray Energy's McElroy Mine near Cameron in Marshall County received 31 citations.

“A review of mines receiving impact inspections between September 2010 and March 2014 and having had at least one follow-up inspection shows that these enforcement actions have made mines safer,” said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health.

As of June 2014, violations per inspection hour were down 19 percent, significant and substantial violations were down 27 percent, unwarrantable failures were down 53 percent and lost-time injury rates were down 9 percent.