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August MSHA citations from coal impact inspections fall 32%

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration issued 58citations to 10 U.S. coal mines in August, showing a 32% decrease compared tothe 85 citations it issued to 11 U.S. coal mines in during special impact inspections,data from the agency showed.

Strip mine No. 12, the D-8 Cloverlick mine and the Riveredgemine topped the list with 10 citations each. James C Justice Cos. Inc., Jeffrey A Hoops andRhino Resource PartnersLP control the mines, respectively. James H Booth-controlled mineNo. 25 comes in at second with seven citations. Booth is the president and CEOof Booth Energy Group.

The Brush Valley mine, Pleasant Hill mine and Antioch minegot five citations each. They are controlled by J Clifford Forrest III,Metinvest B.V. andFelson Bowman, respectively.

Coronado CoalLLC's Powellton No. 1 mine incurred four citations while theMetinvest-controlled Affinity mine and Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua's King II mine got onecitation each. David E Parton Sr.'s Maxine-Pratt mine was inspected but did notreceive a citation.

These figures do not represent all mine inspections duringthe period, but rather monthly impact inspections, which began in force afterthe Upper Big Branch mine disaster in April 2010 at mines that warrantedincreased attention due to poor compliance or particular concerns.