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Lincoln County mine a pattern violator

Nov. 27, 2013 @ 07:05 AM

CHARLESTON — The head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration says a southern West Virginia coal mine has been designated as a pattern violator.

MSHA chief Joe Main says Coal River Mining’s Fork Creek No. 1 mine in Lincoln County failed to report worker injuries.

An MSHA audit also found 158 significant and substantial violations at the mine in the 12-month period ending Aug. 31. That includes 21 ventilation violations, 21 for explosion hazards and 14 for failing to properly support underground roof and rib structures that protect miners.

When a mine is put on the pattern of violations list, it is subject to a higher level of scrutiny. It puts more responsi­bility on the operator to identi­fy and correct safety problems.

It’s the fourth mine added to the POV list.

Ohio are continuing to oppose proposed utility legislation after its sponsor removed a provision that would have eliminated the state’s renew­ables targets by year’s end.

A group including Ohio’s utility ratepayer watchdog and the Ohio Manufacturers’ Asso­ciation said Tuesday the bill as revised by state Sen. Bill Seitz remains bad for consumers.

Association president Eric Burkland said Seitz’s changes do “next to nothing” to keep electricity bills from rising or to improve manufacturers’ competitiveness.

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Bruce Weston cited an Ohio State University analysis that shows Ohioans would pay $300 million more per year on elec­tricity bills under the proposal.

Seitz said his many revisions represent a significant compro­mise. He expects a committee vote after Thanksgiving.

bination of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank was dead in the water, the script has been flipped.

Now it’s Men’s Wearhouse that is offering approximately $1.54 billion for its rival. Less than two weeks ago, Jos. A. Bank dropped a $2.3 billion bid for its competitor. A combina­tion could create a menswear powerhouse of more than 1,700 outlets.

The announcement that Men’s Wearhouse was inter­ested in a possible deal came as a bit of a surprise on Tuesday. The retailer had received an unsolicited offer of $48 per share from Jos. A. Bank Cloth­iers Inc. in September. But it rejected that bid in October, calling it “opportunistic” and inadequate.” Jos. A. Bank was still in the hunt back then though, say­ing it would be open to raising its offer if allowed to assess whether an increased bid was justified. But Men’s Wearhouse wouldn’t give the Hampstead, Md., company access to non­public information, and Jos. A. Bank dropped its bid on Nov. 15.

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