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MSHA safety citations from impact inspections roughly flat in February

The U.S.Mine Safety and Health Administration issued 99 citations and six orders to 10 U.S.coal mines in February compared to 95 citations, four orders and one safeguard issuedto 11 coal mines in Januaryduring impact inspections, data from the agency showed.

The MeridianNo. 2 mine, operated by Calico Coal Inc., garnered the highest number of citationsat 21, followed by Alliance ResourcePartners LP-controlled Elk Creek mine, operated by , receiving 20 citations.

The WinchesterUG mine controlled by RWE TradingAmericas Inc. and JMPCoal Holdings LLC, and operated by Panther Creek Mining LLC, came in third with 16 citations.It was followed by the D-2 Beechfork mine, garnering 14 citations and operated byRevelation Energy LLC.

The -controlledand Dana Mining Co. of PennsylvaniaLLC-operated 4 West mine took the fifth spot after it received ninecitations and six orders, followed closely by the Ohio County mine, getting eightcitations and which is controlled by MurrayEnergy Corp.

The OakGrove mine, controlled by VirginiaConservation Legacy Fund Inc. and operated by Oak Grove Resources LLC, got six citations, followed by theViper mine, receiving five, controlled by ArchCoal Inc. and operated by ICGIllinois LLC.

Alliance-controlledand Excel Mining LLC-operatedMine No. 4 was inspected but received no citations, orders or safeguard notice fromthe agency, along with the Cedar Grove No. 2 mine, controlled by and operatedby Aracoma Coal Co. Inc.

Thesefigures do not represent all mine inspections during the period, but rather monthlyimpact inspections, which began in force after the Upper Big Branch mine disasterin April 2010 at mines that increased attention due to poor compliance or particularconcerns.