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Kentucky Mine Closed Over Safety Violations 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- A Federal Court has been asked to shut down a mine in Kentucky accused of habitual safety violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration filed a motion Wednesday for preliminary injunction against The Freedom Energy Mine Co., owned by Massey Energy Co.

The department cited the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 which allows for such injunctions against mine operators who continuously violate health and safety standards.

"Freedom Energy has demonstrated time and again that it cannot be trusted to follow basic safety rules when an MSHA inspector is not at the mine," said Joseph A. Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.

"If the court does not step in, someone may be seriously injured or die."
MSHA claimed that they have made numerous attempts to resolve serious safety problems. This is the first time that the agency has used this type of legal action to close a mine.

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