A Harlan County coal company facing a rare federal criminal indictment for allegedly violating safety laws denies the allegations, its attorney said Thursday.
Manalapan Mining Co. Inc. "will mount a vigorous defense and expects to be fully vindicated in these proceedings," Lexington attorney Richard E. Plymale said in a statement.
A federal grand jury indicted Manalapan and three managers Wednesday on multiple charges of violating health and safety laws.
Among other things, the company and employees had miners work under unsupported sections of the roof of the underground mine, the grand jury charged. That exposed the miners to the risk of deadly rock falls.
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The alleged violations occurred at the company's P-1 mine in June 2011 in the weeks before a company miner died in a roof fall there.
The company and employees are to be arraigned March 13.