Last year, Labor Department declared Massey Energy’s Freedom Mine #1 in eastern Kentucky so dangerous that it required federal supervision. Massey challenged that ruling, but a settlement has now been reached.

From NPR:

Massey Energy denies “the existence of any pattern of violations” but agrees that a U.S. District Court has jurisdiction over Freedom and can apply sanctions, including contempt of court citations, if the company fails to follow a prescribed safety plan.

As NPR reports, the Labor Department’s closure of the mine was unprecedented, as is this settlement.