A $5 million mine that was supposed to create 1,500 jobs and improve the health of King Coal employees has been shut down after a toxic spill of toxic waste from a coal mining operation.
The spill occurred last month at the King Coal mine in West Virginia.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported on Thursday that the King Mine is the first of its kind in the United States and has a 1,800-foot well that was intended to prevent contamination of groundwater and water.
King Coal CEO Joe Sullivan said the company is “extremely disappointed” with the decision.
He said the Mine Safety Commission has been working with the company since last September to make the mine safe.
Sullivan said that a “rigorous process” was followed to identify, mitigate, and resolve the issue, and the mine is now operational.
He added that King has been providing support for its employees through the King Workforce Development Program since the accident.
He called the spill a “tragedy” for the local community and the state.
King said in a statement that the mine had been inspected and the company has been conducting safety audits since the incident and has identified “several safety concerns” and will be implementing a number of safety measures in order to ensure the safety of its employees.
The company is working with MSHA and state regulators to determine the best way to proceed.
Sullivan also said the mine will remain closed until further notice, and will remain open for mining until the issue has been resolved.
The incident occurred when a chemical reaction between the water and coal that had been released into the mine caused an explosion that sent up to 1,000 gallons of coal-saturated water flying.
Sullivan told reporters that there are no workers in the mine and that the company’s only employees are “experienced employees” who are employed in the area and have worked at the mine since it opened.
The mine had an operating permit to mine coal, but Sullivan said he has since determined that it is not necessary to have a permit because of the incident.
He noted that the mining operations have been inspected regularly since it was opened and that there were no safety issues reported to the MSHA.
King also said that King is working to find alternative uses for the mine.
The state has said it is working on a plan to develop a “community-based” alternative to the mine, but it has not said if any of those uses would involve coal.
King is currently working on its plans for an alternative to its existing mine, called the King Creek Mine.
It is a 1-mile-long mine that would have been used to produce limestone, clay, rock and sand.
In May, the company was awarded a $1.5 million federal grant to help develop a mine in the region.
Sullivan says that the Mine Improvement Act of 2017 (MIA) was signed into law by President Donald Trump in March.
The bill requires that the MSHAs environmental assessment of any new or proposed mine, regardless of location, must include an environmental impact statement.
Sullivan described the mine as a “very complex” project, with an estimated $100 million cost and construction costs that could total up to $100 billion.
He also said it would be one of the largest coal mines in the U.S. and said the total cost of the mine could be as much as $250 million.
Sullivan acknowledged that King was in the process of determining whether or not to resume mining.
The King Mine has been in operation since 2012.