Peabody Unit Hit With Fine For Mine Safety Violations

Law360, New York (August 31, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT) -- A subsidiary of Peabody Energy Corp., the world's largest private-sector coal company, must pay nearly $174,000 in civil penalties for seven safety violations at a coal mine in southern Illinois, an administrative law judge has ruled.

Administrative Law Judge Gary Melick of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission issued the ruling Thursday, though the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration had initially sought $230,000 in fines for 12 safety violations at the Willow Lake Mine in Equality, Ill.

The mine, run by Peabody subsidiary...
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