June 17, 2022
US Department of Labor finds Illinois mine operator tried to conceal underground fire, endangered miners, misled probe; proposes nearly $1.2M in civil penalties
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has proposed nearly $1.2 million in civil penalties to M-Class Mining LLC, a Macedonia, Illinois, coal mine operator. MSHA cited the operator for continuing to operate the mine without evacuating miners with a fire underground and failing to notify MSHA of the fire. The fire broke out on a longwall section on Aug. 13, 2021.