MSHA Raids Spark Mine Shutdowns In Tenn., W.Va., Ky.

Law360, New York (August 25, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT) -- The Mine Safety and Health Administration has shut down some mining activities in Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia following surprise inspections that revealed serious problems with four mines' roof supports and ventilation, as well as fire risks.

The agency said Tuesday that the searches — conducted when they were least expected and while the companies' surface workers couldn't notify underground workers that the inspectors had arrived — turned up a variety of violations that put miners at risk.

Some of the worst violations included failure to...
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