US regulators issue 186 citations during mining inspections in June

Energy Associated Press

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says inspectors issued 186 citations at 13 U.S. mining operations in June.

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Eleven of those mines were coal operations, while the others were metal and nonmetal.

MSHA cited as examples Thursday coal mines in Virginia and West Virginia.

Twenty-five citations were issued at the Dickenson-Russell Coal Co. LLC's Cherokee Mine in Dickenson County, Virginia.

The West Virginia inspection occurred at Rhino Eastern LLC's Eagle Mine 3 in Wyoming County. MSHA said it found dozens of violations.

The impact inspections began in 2010 after the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia killed 29 coal miners.