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Federal Mine Regulators Defend Settlement With American Coal

May 9, 2018, 9:15 PM

American Coal Co. and mining regulators both said an administrative law judge doesn’t need more evidence to sign off an a settlement that would lower the coal company’s safety fines by a third.

The Labor Department’s Mine Safety Division said revealing that information to an administrative law judge reviewing the settlement would damage its case should it ever go to court.

But union officials told the Federal Mining Safety and Health Review Commission May 9 that regulators need to be transparent after American Coal, a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corp. in Galatia, Ill., saw the $44,376