12/20/2013 10:26 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - Federal mining regulators issued more than 290 citations during the October and November impact inspections.
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said it also issued 21 orders following inspections at 18 coal mines and three other mines.
36 citations and six orders were issued at Maple Coal Company's Eagle No. 1 mine in Fayette County. The operator was cited for violating an approved roof control and ventilation plan as well as failing to install needed roof supports.
These inspections began in 2010 following the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster that killed 29 coal miners. Since then, MSHA has conducted 687 inspections, issued 11,427 citations, and 1,052 orders.