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The Kentucky company that owns the West Virginia mine where a dozen miners were killed in January has been fined $105,840 in new penalties.This, of course, coming a week after the report that coal companines haven't had to pay their fines since Team Bush took over.
The fines announced Wednesday were for 43 citations that had previously been issued but which had not yet received a price tag.
They are part of 208 citations that the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration issued against Ashland, Ky.-based International Coal Group for problems at the Sago Mine in the year before the Jan. 2 explosion.
The new fines are in addition to a little more than $24,000 previously assessed.
Many of the new fines are meant to address serious health and safety violations. The largest was $9,600 for roof support problems. Another fine for $9,200 dealt with ventilation problems.
What a coincidence!