39 citations issued at three Kentucky coal mines during 'impact' inspections

Three Kentucky coal mines were among a dozen nationally where federal safety regulators conducted special inspections in October, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Inspectors issued 14 citations and orders at Kentucky Fuel Corp.'s Yellow Mountain Surface Mine in Knott County, which is controlled by James Justice II; 19 citations at the Lone Mountain Processing Clover Fork No. 1 underground mine in Harlan County, controlled by Arch Coal; and 6 citations at the KenAmerican Resources Paradise No. 9 mine in Muhlenberg County, controlled by Robert E. Murray, according to a news release.

MSHA started the ​so-called ​"impact" inspections in 2010 to bring increased attention to mines with a history of poor compliance or other concerns.

The agency has since issued more than 14,400 citations and orders under the program.