It was to discuss what they call "significant federal law enforcement action" pertaining to mine safety in Western Kentucky.
They say Charley Barber, Brian Keith Casebier, Steve Demoss, Billie Hearld, Ron Ivy, John Ellis Scott, Dwight Fulkerson and Jeremy Hackney, conspired to commit dust fraud by altering the company’s required dust sampling procedures.
Authorities say the procedures are mandatory health and safety standards designed to protect miners from what’s commonly known as Black Lung disease.
“The health of our miners matters; to Western Kentucky communities and those sworn to protect them” stated U. S. Attorney Russell Coleman “When companies and their senior officials are prepared to disregard the law and put miners at risk, they should also be prepared to face federal prosecutors.”
“Compliance with dust sampling programs is crucial to protecting miners against respiratory illness,” said MSHA Assistant Secretary David G. Zatezalo.
Grand Jury charges that employees removed dust testing devices early in miners' shifts & placed them in less dusty or "clean air."— Beth Sweeney (@Beth14News) July 11, 2018