DOL sues to shut down Massey Energy Coal Mine

[tweetmeme]CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) –The U.S. Department of Labor is suing to shut down a Massey Energy coal mine in Kentucky it says has failed to address dangerous conditions. The agency has filed a request with a federal judge in the Eastern District of Kentucky to close the energy giant’s Freedom Mine No. 1 in Pike County, citing years of safety hazards that have put the lives of its workers at risk.

Lawyers for the Obama administration’s Department of Labor say the mine has been engaged in a “pattern of violation of mandatory health and safety standards” since 2008, and should be closed until the company is in compliance, according to court documents obtained by National Public Radio.

The government said the Massey mine had inadequate ventilation and charged that the company had failed to prevent roof collapses, according to The Associated Press.

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