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Last updated 10:34PM ET
April 18, 2021
Alabama
Alabama
Most Penalties Against Mine Thrown Out
(2005-11-02)
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Administrative law judge David F- Barbour ruled Tuesday government regulators failed to prove wrongdoing by the mine operator in the disaster. Barbour says Jim Walter Resources Incorporated should pay only 3-thousand dollars in fines for relatively minor violations instead of the 435-thousand dollars in penalties for major problems cited by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. He determined MSHA failed to prove the company's actions caused a pair of explosions that killed 13 men in Brookwood at the Blue Creek Number five mine. Mine spokesman Dennis Hall says the company was still going through the 85-page decision and had no immediate comment, and MSHA indicated it was considering a possible appeal. The miner's union criticizes the MSHA for a lax oversight of the nation's mines. © Copyright 2021, APR - Alabama Public Radio