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UPDATE: Clayton Co. sand mine partially reopens


On Wednesday morning, Pattison Sand Company announced it has reopened parts of its sand mine.

This comes one week after the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) closed the mine down following a routine inspection.

In its announcement, the company said, "Pattison Sand Company LLC has reopened parts of its Clayton, Iowa sand mine, following an agreement with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the company announced today."

MSHA had closed down the entire mine on Aug. 3, citing concerns over underground support and scaling. The company said that closure, "instantly idled more than 160 workers there."

The company employs about 180 people. On Monday, human resources director Courtney Severson said the miners were coming into work every day, they just weren't able to go underground.

Wednesday's release also said, "The company challenged the MSHA closure order through expedited procedures before an administrative law judge of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. The judge scheduled an expedited hearing in the case for today. Before the hearing, however, the parties agreed to settle the case."

"The settlement modifies the closure order to allow operations to resume in an important area of the mine while Pattison inspects the rest of the mine for any ground control concerns and makes any necessary abatement plans," the company said.

Owner Kyle Pattison said in the release, "We are very glad that we were able to reach agreement with MSHA on addressing its concerns so our employees could get back to work safely."

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