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James River mine smoked by MSHA

VIRGINIAN producer James River Coal has been issued with an imminent danger citation by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration after an open pack of cigarettes and lighter were found on an underground miner at one of its Kentucky operations.

Donna Schmidt
James River mine smoked by MSHA

The company filed a required Form 8-K notice with the US Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday regarding the December 10 event which resulted in the federal order.

Neither the mine name nor the identity of the miner caught carrying the items were released.

However, documentation did confirm that the underground mine was operated by its Bledsoe Coal subsidiary. According to the JRC web site, Bledsoe Coal operates three underground mines and other processing facilities in Harlan, Leslie and Letcher counties in eastern Kentucky.

James River submitted an action plan to MSHA December 14 to prevent workers from bringing smoking articles into underground areas. That action terminated the agency’s order.

Publicly held James River Coal has six operating subsidiaries in eastern Kentucky and southern Indiana.

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