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Firm agrees to pay $276,000


A coal company has agreed to pay more than $276,000 in pastdue penalties for federal mine safety violations at five underground locations.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration chief Richard Stickler said Liggett Mining had failed to pay fines on at least 300 citations dating back to March 2007 at five mines in eastern Kentucky.

Stickler said the settlement is the largest since his agency began advising mine operators that they can have their mines shuttered for failing to pay up. Federal law gives MSHA that power.

Stickler said his agency “will use every available tool to ensure that operators settle their debts.”

Liggett, based in Beckley, W.Va., made an initial payment of $68,000, and agreed to submit the remainder in monthly installments.

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