State issues cessation order against mine after blowout damages homes in Hurley, VA

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State mining regulators say they have issued a cessation order against a local mine after a blowout sent a torrent of water through the Elk Creek community of Buchanan County. 

The Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy says the blowout happened last Wednesday (January 30) at an old underground mine owned by CM Mining.  

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy says it issued a cessation order to CM Mining for causing imminent danger to public health and safety. 

State regulators say the company must submit a plan for review and approval to address water conditions of the underground works. The plan must also list steps to prevent further damage to offsite areas and any sudden release of built-up water from mine workings. 

The DMME says enforcement action requires the removal and proper disposal of sediment and debris that resulted from the mine blowout and repairs should be made to any eroded and other impacted areas located below the site of the blowout. 

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