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Capital Coal's No. 9 coal mine leads MSHA citations in March

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration issued 101 citationsand two safeguards to 10 coal mines during special impact inspections in March.

The No. 9 mine operated by Capital Coal Corp., a small single-mine operator in Virginia,was hardest hit, with 19 citations and two safeguards, according to the April 26release. Six of these citations were due to significant and substantial violationsof mine safety and health laws. The mine produced 26,162 tons in the first quarterof 2016, down from 35,847 in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to MSHA data.

The American Eagle mine, operated by Panther Creek Mining LLC and co-owned by and , had 16 citations,six due to significant and substantial infractions. MSHA data shows that AmericanEagle produced 359,705 tons in the first quarter of 2016, an increase from the 320,081tons it produced in the fourth quarter of 2015.

The P8 North mine operated by South Central Coal Co. Inc. and owned by had nine citations, witheight of them identified as significant and substantial breaches.

MSHA also cited mines owned by Alliance Resource Partners LP and Metinvest BV The agency inspected mines in Illinois, Kentucky,Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

MSHA has conducted 1,129 inspections since the April 2010 explosionat the Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 miners. During this period, the agency hasissued 16,136 citations, 1,310 orders and 60 safeguards.