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MSHA issues 110 safety citations and 4 orders in February

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration issued 110 citations, four orders and one safeguard to 12 coal mines in February, according to data from the agency.

Of those, 29 were considered significant and substantial. The number of citations in February is a decrease from the 153 citations issued in January.

RWE Trading Americas Inc's and JMP Coal Holdings LLC's Spurlock No. 4 surface mine and James C. Justice II's No. 58 mine received 16 citations each, and the latter received one order.

Bowie Resource Partners LLC's Sufco mine received 15 citations; JAZ Ventures LP's Cass No. 1 mine received 14 citations and two orders.

ArcelorMittal's No. 39 mine received 11 citations, one order and one safeguard in February. Jeffery A. Hoops' D-17 mine also received 11 citations.

MSHA targets mines for impact inspections that "merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or particular compliance concerns." The inspections began in force after the Upper Big Branch mine disaster in April 2010.