Close to 100 citations for mining company since fatal Ouray accident

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OURAY, Colo. — The parent company that owns the Ouray mine where two employees were poisoned and killed last month has received close to 100 safety citations since the accident, according to reports.

The Montrose Daily Press was the first to report that Star Mine Operations, LLC, has received the dearth of citations and orders from the Mine Safety and Health Administration. According to the report, most of the issue dates of those citations fall between Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

That said, a good number of the citations and orders reportedly show termination dates matching the issue date, and no penalties had been assessed as of Thursday.

At least 20 workers were hospitalized after the accident at the company’s Revenue-Virginius Mine in Ouray on Nov. 17. Two of those workers — Nick Cappanno, 34, of Montrose and Rick Williams, 59, of Durango — died from carbon monoxide exposure.

The Revenue-Virginius mine is a source of silver, gold and sulfide minerals, according to the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining. An investigation into the accident was still ongoing as of Thursday.

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