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Senator Casey Seeks Clarity on Cumberland Mine’s Future

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has raised concerns with Iron Senergy’s CEO, Justin F. Thompson, about the lack of communication regarding the potential closure of Cumberland Mine in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Casey’s concerns follow reports that Iron Senergy notified the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) about its intention to close the mine without informing the miners, the United Mine Workers of America (representing about 550 miners), or other stakeholders. Despite later statements suggesting a reconsideration of the mine’s closure, Iron Senergy has not fully engaged with stakeholders or clarified its communication lapse.

Cumberland Mine, a significant employer in Greene County since the 1970s with over 700 employees, is at the heart of the local economy. Casey highlighted the surprise and concern among the mine’s workers and the broader community, given the mine’s history and contribution to the region’s economy. The senator underscored the need for transparency from Iron Senergy regarding the mine’s future, particularly concerning employment security for the miners and compliance with legal requirements for notification of closures or mass layoffs as stipulated by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.

Casey has requested answers from Iron Senergy on several points by May 1, 2024, including the confirmation of the mine’s operational status, withdrawal of the closure plan submitted to MSHA, communication procedures with miners and their representatives, strategies to rebuild trust with employees, and plans to address safety violations at the mine. The senator’s letter emphasizes the importance of clarity and commitment to the miners’ welfare and the broader community impacted by the mine’s potential closure.


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