When the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) cited the owners of a Caldwell County granite mine for 103 safety violations, the company didn’t contest the resulting fines. But they didn’t pay them either, and now the MSHA is suing to collect.
The MSHA claims North 321 Stone Co. has not responded to letters demanding payment of $196,833 in fines, a sum that includes a 10% debt collection fee. The fines are for violations uncovered at the mine from August 2005 to February 2011.
The MSHA lawsuit, filed in the federal district court for the Western District of North Carolina, also seeks a bond to guarantee payment of future fines.