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Coal mine strikes back at MSHA

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The American Coal Company has filed a lawsuit against the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), claiming that recent inspections at its Galatia Mining Complex violated federal law and MSHA’s own regulations.

The lawsuit claims that MSHA imposed a quota on inspectors, expecting them to issue 0.4 violations per inspection hour, which violates the Mine Safety Act of 1977. The lawsuit further alleges that inspectors failed to notify American Coal when they were on the premises and failed to allow company representatives to be present during inspections, also in violation of the law.

MSHA fined American Coal nearly $1.5 million for alleged safety violations at Galatia in October.

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