According to a news release from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, federal inspectors issued 157 citations, 10 orders and one safeguard during special impact inspections conducted at multiple mines during the month of June.
The monthly inspections began in April of 2010 following the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine.
The release states that the inspections involve mines that "merit increased agency attention and enforcement because of their poor compliance history or particular compliance concerns."
These matters involved include high numbers of violations or closure orders.
Examples of those, according to the release, include: "frequent hazard complaints or hotline calls; plan compliance issues; inadequate workplace examinations; a high number of accidents, injuries or illnesses; fatalities; adverse conditions such as increased methane liberation, faulty roof conditions and inadequate ventilation, and respirable dust."
The mines that have been cited are not named in the release.
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