Alpha cited for haul road hazard

AN ALPHA Natural Resources surface operation in Virginia has received a federal imminent danger order for an issue officials found on the mine’s haul road.

Donna Schmidt

According to a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday by the company, the order for a violation of Section 107(a) of federal regulations was handed down to the Smith Gap mine near Cleveland July 15.

“The order alleged that no berm or barrier was present to prevent material from rolling into a haul road at the mine; no spotter or communications were observed by the MSHA inspector to warn equipment operators; and dust had reduced visibility on the haul road,” the company said in the filing.

“The cited conditions were promptly addressed …. and the order was terminated on the same day it was issued.”

No-one was injured as a result of the condition.

Smith Gap is operated by Alpha affiliate Paramount Coal Virginia.

Imminent danger orders are issued by MSHA under section 107(a) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, also known as the Mine Act.

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