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Regulators seek to collect unpaid fines involving 3 Knott coal mines

Federal regulators have filed a lawsuit seeking to collect more than $600,000 in unpaid health and safety fines involving three coal mines in Knott County.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges that the operators of Double A Mining Inc. failed to pay $625,246 in fines issued for 478 citations issued at its No. 4 mine since August 2005.

The lawsuit also says B. King Coal failed to pay $24,335 in fines issued between August 2004 and December 206 at two mines it operated.

The lawsuit is against Double A, King Brothers Coal, B. King Coal, Kermit and Alice Hall and Larry and Barry King. It alleges all were involved in some way in operating the No. 4 mine.

Federal regulators said they shut down the mine last year because of unpaid fines — the first time they had done that in the nation.