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W.Va. mine operator pays $44K in delinquent fines

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have dismissed a complaint against a southern West Virginia mining company now that it's paid more than $44,000 in delinquent fines and interest.

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration had fined Resurrection Coal Co. for 245 safety violations at its No. 1 and No. 2 mines in McDowell County and its No. 4 mine in Wyoming County.

The company is controlled by Darvin Rowe, and MSHA records show some of the delinquent fines date to 2006.

The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a complaint in January after the company failed to pay the fines.

In March, it reached a settlement with Resurrection, and the company made its first payment the next day.

The complaint was dismissed Friday after the third and final payment was processed.