Lawsuit seeks more than $2.1 million from Harlan coal company

A Harlan County coal company owes more than $1.6 million in unpaid penalties for safety and health violations, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

The agency filed a lawsuit this week in an attempt to collect from D & C Mining Corporation.

MSHA inspectors issued 1,244 citations and orders to D & C from January 2006 to Feb. 8, resulting in fines totaling more than $2.7 million, according to the lawsuit.

The company owes more than $1.6 million in outstanding fines, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit seeks to collect more than $2.1 million in unpaid fines, interest and penalties. MSHA also wants a judge to order D & C to post a bond to cover future fines.