US Attorney says 24 coal companies ignored, failed to pay off $5M in safety fines
The US Attorney’s Office says 24 coal companies based in five states including Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia have reached a settlement to pay $5 million in fines that they said were ignored by operators and owners.
The fines stem from more than 2,200 federal safety violations the coal mines were cited for beginning in 2014. The companies failed to answer multiple attempts by the Mine Safety and Health Administration for collections that were then turned over to the Department of Treasury.
The companies include: Southern Coal Corporation, Justice Coal of Alabama, A&G Coal Corporation, Black River Coal, Chestnut Land Holdings, Double Bonus Coal Company, Dynamic Energy, Four Star Resources, Frontier Coal Company, Infinity Energy, Justice Energy Company, Justice Highwall Mining, Kentucky Fuel Corporation, Keystone Service Industries, M&P Services, Nine Mile Mining, Nufac Mining Company, Pay Car Mining; Premium Coal Company, S and H Mining, Sequoia Energy, Tams Management, and Virginia Fuel Corporation.