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Man cited for mining coal without a permit

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 29, 2014 at 3:01 am •  Published: August 29, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have cited an eastern Kentucky man for illegally mining coal in Letcher County.

The Kentucky Division of Mine Safety and the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement say Bryan Lee Wagner mined about 700 tons of coal at a surface mine. He has been charged with mining without a permit and mining without a license.

In a violation notice, Wagner, who headed the small operation, was directed to immediately cease mining operations and begin reclaiming the land and install temporary sediment control.

The civil penalty for illegal mining under surface mining reclamation regulations is from $5,000 up to $25,000 per day. Officials say Wagner's penalty is being calculated.