California Reps to Kentucky Coal Operators: Pay Up
Two California representatives want three Kentucky coal operators to pay the more than $1.5 million in fines they owe the federal government.George Miller and Lynn Woolsey sent the letter to Jack Ealy and Ralph Napier, the president and vice president of K and D Mining, as well as John North of Jackrock, LLC, last week. Napier and North operated the Kentucky Darby Mine No. 1 in Harlan County, where five miners were killed in 2006.During inspections earlier this year, the Mine Safety and Health Administration uncovered several serious violations at a K and D mine—Mine Number 17 in Harlan County. In the letter, Miller and Woolsey outline their concerns about the way the mine is being operated…then ask the operators to devise a plan to pay the $1.568 million they collectively owe for violations.