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Mine regulator says age, politics caused his firing


The one-time director of mine permits for Kentucky has appealed his firing, saying age and politics prompted his dismissal.

The Courier-Journal reported that 54-year-old Ron Mills filed the appeal this week with the state Personnel Board. In the appeal, Mills contested Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters’ explanation that he fired Mills because he lacked the management skills required for the job. Mills said he believed he was dismissed because he wouldn’t issue permits based on what he believes is an “illegal policy.”

Mills has said he was told Gov. Steve Beshear was involved in the decision to fire him. The governor’s office has denied the claim.

Mills was fired Nov. 13.

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