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US mine fatalities down over first 9 months of 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — Federal regulators say 25 fatalities have occurred in U.S. mines through the first nine months of this year, down from 33 deaths in the same period of 2014.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that seven fatalities occurred from July through September. Five of those deaths were in metal and nonmetal mines and two occurred in coal mines. Those deaths were in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio and Virginia.

MSHA chief Joe Main says for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 14 miners died in U.S. coal mines, That’s a record low for a fiscal year and was down from 18 deaths in fiscal 2014.

Main says 23 miners died in U.S. metal and nonmetal mines in fiscal 2015, down from 29 the previous fiscal year.

In related news, Drug abuse among coal miners is rising.

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