By Business First of Louisville

The U.S. Department of Laborâ¿¿s Mine Safety and Health Administration and Massey Energy have settled a case to close Freedom Energy Mining Co.â¿¿s Mine No. 1 in Pike County in Eastern Kentucky, according to a news release.

Last November, as reported by Business First, the MSHA filed in federal court a motion for preliminary injunction against the mine, alleging that numerous health and safety standards were violated. Shortly thereafter, Richmond, Va.-based Massey (NYSE: MEE) announced plans to idle the mine permanently.

Wednesday, Judge Amul R. Thapar signed an order requiring Freedom Energy to take certain actions to comply with a recovery plan that will ensure the health and safety of miners who continue to work at the mine as they dismantle and remove mine equipment in preparation for permanent closure.

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