Regulators find significant safety violations in two Kentucky coal mines

Federal regulators found significant safety violations at two Kentucky underground coal mines during recent surprise inspections, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday.

Inspectors found unsafe equipment in use at K&D Mining Inc., Mine No. 17 in Harlan County and issued 15 citations and five orders related to ventilation and roof-control violations, accumulation of combustible materials and other issues, MSHA said.

There also were unsafe conditions that could lead to roof falls at the mine, the agency said.

Regulators issued 43 citations based on an inspection last week at the ICG Knott County LLC, Classic Mine in Knott County. The citations alleged violations of rules on ventilation, roof control and dust control, among other things.

Inspectors closed the mine. MSHA must approve a revised ventilation plan before the mine can reopen, the agency said.

MSHA conducted the "impact" inspections at mines where unsafe practices were suspected, it said in a news release.

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