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Utah mine pays $70,000 for safety violations

Utah mine pays $70,000 for safety violations

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The operator of a coal mine where nine people died last summer has paid $70,000 in fines for health and safety violations at another Utah mine about 25 miles away.

Andalex Resources Inc., an entity controlled by Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., has closed the Aberdeen mine where the citations originated about a year ago.

Aberdeen, also known as the tower mine, is 7 miles north of Price, Utah.

An invoice provided Wednesday by federal regulators shows Andalex is contesting another, $420,000 fine at Aberdeen for accumulations of coal dust and hydraulic oil on equipment.

Since March, when Aberdeen was closed because of instability problems, regulators have fined the operator an additional $46,618 for operations there.

Murray Energy's Andalex Resources owns Genwal Resources Inc., the operator and co-owner of the Crandall Canyon mine, where nine people died during two cave-ins in August 2007.

MSHA has stepped up its enforcement of coal mines since the Utah disaster.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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