Mines in Letcher, Perry counties get 30 citations apiece

Federal inspectors issued 30 citations at an underground coal mine in Letcher County during a special inspection last month, according to a news release.

Among other things, the citations allege that the operator of Vision Coal Inc.'s Mine No. 2 failed to follow the approved plans for supporting the mine roof and drilling test holes, exposing miners to potential injuries from roof falls and the danger of being inundated by water and harmful gases, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said.

MSHA also issued 30 citations at Leeco Inc.'s No. 68 mine in Perry County during special "impact inspections" at mines around the country in April, according to a news release.

The agency began conducting those inspections after an explosion killed 29 men at a West Virginia mine a year ago.

The inspections focus on mines MSHA says need extra scrutiny because of past poor compliance or other concerns.

MSHA said its inspectors issued a total of 255 citations and orders in the April inspections at eight coal mines and seven other types of mines.