PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky
coal company and the federal government have reached a $441,000 settlement over
unpaid civil penalties accrued over more than three years.
Viper Coal, located in Floyd County,
will pay the bill to clear off its books 259 Mine Safety and Health
Administration citations accumulated from January 2008 through August 2011.
The citations were for a variety of safety violations and violations of the
federal Mine Act.
Federal prosecutors sued Viper Coal in July after sending 21 letters
demanding the company pay the penalties.
The two sides filed the agreed judgment Thursday in U.S. District Court in
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