Court rules against Kentucky mine that owes $1.7M

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - A federal court ruling is ordering a Kentucky mine operator to pay $1.7 million in fines it owes for mine safety violations.

The ruling against D&C Mining Corp. of Harlan County says the company must pay its fines and post a bond to guarantee future compliance with federal mine safety laws.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says D&C Mining has amassed 1,244 violations between 2006 and February 2012. The agency has performed 10 surprise inspections of D&C Mining since 2010. MSHA says that's the most surprise inspections of any mine in the country.

The court is also ordering the mine operator to keep its property at its mining site and not sell or move it. There was no answer Thursday at a number for D&C Mining.

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