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Former Massey mine chief pleads guilty to safety conspiracy

Ex-Upper Big Branch superintendent Gary May faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine

Nearly two years after the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion killed 29 workers, the mine’s former superintendent has pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge.

On April 5, 2010, a blast at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia caused the deadliest U.S. mine disaster since 1970. Soon after, the mine’s owner, Performance Coal Co., and its parent company, Massey Energy, fell under government scrutiny for suspected safety violations.

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