By Staff Reports
Published: March 17, 2009
U.S. mine agency warns Massey, James River
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration yesterday warned 15 mining operations to clean up their health and safety practices or face stricter enforcement.
The agency said the 13 coal mines, a dirt-processing plant and a gold mine have been cited repeatedly for "significant and substantial" violations that could have caused serious injuries or illnesses.
Among the operations warned are two mines and a processing plant controlled by Richmond-based Massey Energy Co., the nation's fourth-largest coal producer by revenue. Massey issued a statement noting that several of its operations have been warned in the past and all were able to correct problems.
The agency also singled out Richmond-based James River Coal Co. about its Blue Diamond Coal Co.'s mine No. 77. A James River spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.