State shuts down Lehigh Coal
DEP says Coaldale mining company has flouted rules for years. 40 jobs at stake
State regulators shut down one of the region's most historic coal-mining operations Monday over a series of environmental infractions, throwing the livelihoods of about 40 people into question.
Tom Rathbun, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, said officials have tried working with Lehigh Coal & Navigation for years to avoid forcing people out of work, but the company has continued to flout mining rules.
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