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MSHA issues 79 citations, 1 safeguard in May and again in June

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration issued 79 citations and one safeguard to nine U.S. coal mines in June during special impact inspections, data from the agency showed.

Lipari Energy Inc.'s Pioneer Preparation Plant received the highest number of citations at 18, followed by Edward Asbury's No. 1 mine with 17 citations. Ten of the violations at Pioneer were considered "significant and substantial."

CONSOL Energy Inc.'s Bailey mine took the third spot with 12 citations, along with Cecil Brinager's Meridian No. 2 mine, which received 12 citations and one safeguard.

Alpha Natural Resources Holdings Inc.'s Workman Creek surface mine and Peabody Energy Corp.'s Francisco underground pit came in fourth, with six citations each.

Metinvest BV's Pleasant Hill mine received four citations, followed by Murray Energy Corp.'s Lila Canyon mine and ERP Compliant Fuels' Oak Grove mine, each receiving two citations.

Alliance Resource Partners LP's Dotiki mine was also inspected but was not cited.

MSHA issues 79 citations, 1 safeguard in May

In May, MSHA issued 79 citations and one safeguard to 11 mines.

Jeffery Hoops' S-5 Aily Branch mine received the most negative actions in May with 15 citations, followed by Contura Energy Inc.'s Cumberland mine, with 14 citations.

Alpha's Reylas surface mine took the third spot, receiving 13 citations.

Murray's Ohio County mine and Alliance Resource's Cardinal mine each had 10 citations.

Arch Coal Inc.'s Beckley Pocahontas mine and Blackhawk Mining LLC's Orchard Branch mine No. 89 came in fifth, with four citations each. Orchard Branch also received one safeguard.

The JC-1 mine, jointly controlled by John Collins, Kenneth Whitt and Chris Lacy, had three citations.

Blackhawk's Peerless Rachel mine, Prairie State Energy Campus Management Inc.'s Lively Grove mine and Westmoreland Coal Co.'s San Juan mine No. 1 received two citations apiece.

Warrior Met Coal Intermediate Holdco LLC's No. 7 mine was inspected but received no citations.

These figures do not represent all mine inspections during the period. Monthly impact inspections began in force after the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster at mines that received increased attention due to poor compliance or particular concerns.