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Va. mine inspections yield 375 citations, orders

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Federal regulators issued 375 citations and orders during special mine inspections last month.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday the inspections were conducted at 10 coal mines and five other mines in July. Coal mines were issued the majority of those citations and orders - 256.

Among the inspections, 32 citations and orders were issued at Wilcoal Mining Inc's Tri-State One Mine in Claiborne County, Tenn., and 13 were issued from an inspection at Inman Energy's Randolph Mine in Boone County.

The agency started the special inspections after 29 miners died in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in southern West Virginia in April 2010.

Since then, MSHA said it has conducted 307 inspections that have resulted in 5,526 violations and 518 orders.

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