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The Mine Safety and Health Administration issued 13 citations during an impact inspection at Hanover Resources LLC's Caymus Mine in Boone County on Dec. 11, 2013.

It was the first impact inspection at the mine.

Inspectors found that the operator failed to follow the approved ventilation plan that required line curtains to be installed and maintained in idle faces. Inspectors found inadequate air flow, and in some areas, inspectors were unable to measure any air movement. The required line curtains were either rolled up, not hung to the mine floor or placed in the wrong locations. Inspectors also determined that the mine's ventilation system was disrupted, so belt air was flowing into the working section instead of away from it. The mine operator's failure to follow the approved plan created conditions that exposed miners to the risk of black lung and mine explosions.

Inspectors also observed accumulations of combustible material consisting of fine coal dust in various locations of a working section. The mine operator did not provide the required handheld multigas detector to two crews of miners and an examiner working on the belt and section.

Additional violations included an area of unsupported roof without warning markers, failure to apply rock dust after a belt move and the use of wrong sprays on a continuous mining machine. The methane monitor on a continuous mining machine was not in proper working condition.

Hazardous conditions that were obvious and extensive were not recorded in the preshift examination book and not corrected, and the operator permitted miners to work in these areas.

MSHA issued seven 104(d)(2) unwarrantable failure orders and six 104(a) citations.