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W.Va. coal mine cited for federal violations

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Federal inspectors have cited a West Virginia coal mine for dozens of violations that officials say exposed miners to black lung and explosion hazards.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration said a June 24 impact inspection of Rhino Eastern LLC’s Eagle Mine 3 in Wyoming County found 38 violations, including seven closure orders for ventilation violations.

Officials say inspectors determined that the mine operator failed to follow approved ventilation, methane and dust control plans in several locations of the underground mine. Inspectors also noted that in several locations the operator was not complying with the approved roof control plan.

The impact inspections began in 2010 after the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia killed 29 coal miners.

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