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Report Says Ky. Hits Mine Inspection Goals

Reported: Mar. 7, 2014 3:32 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A new federal report says state regulators were able to complete all required inspections of surface mines in the recent fiscal year, an improvement on the previous year's 88 percent rate.

The report from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement says a sharp downturn in eastern Kentucky's coal production helped inspectors hit the mark.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that in 2012-13, more than 23,000 inspections were performed at nearly 1,800 sites.

Kentucky had traditionally met the required frequency on more than 98 percent of sites, but it slipped to 83 percent in the 2008-09 fiscal year. The report says that's because several inspectors retired and budget shortfalls prevented filling the slots. The inspection rate in subsequent years remained below 90 percent until the most recent year.

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