Kentucky Coal Company, Employee Sentenced in Dust Sampling Case
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) A coal dust examiner who worked for a Kentucky mining company has been sentenced to six months in prison for falsifying dust samples and lying to federal officials.
Walter Perkins' employer, Black Diamond Coal Company, was placed on probation for two years for submitting false samples to U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration officials, prosecutors said Thursday.
Coal dust sampling equipment is required to be worn by a miner while working underground, but Black Diamond took measurements from a monitor placed above ground, in a first aid trailer, according to a news release from the office of Carlton Shier, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.