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White House Shut Down Six Kentucky Coal Mines Last Month

Federal regulators performing a blitz of safety inspections on unsafe mines last month temporarily closed down six operations in Kentucky over safety violations, the Mine Safety and Health Administration announced this afternoon.

The nationwide blitz, inspired by the deadly blast in Montcoal, W.Va., earlier in the month, resulted in 1,339 safety citations and 109 withdrawal orders, MSHA said.

Joseph Main, head of MSHA, said that, in light of the Montcoal disaster, it was “appalling that these operations continued to flout fundamental safety and health standards.”

MSHA also announced today that it’s suing two of the six Kentucky mines for ignoring instructions that underground workers were not to be given advance notice that inspectors were on the property.

None of the six mines is connected with Massey Energy, owner of the site where last month’s explosion took place.

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