Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was sentenced to a year in prison and to pay $250,000 for violating mine health and safety standards after a jury returned a guilty verdict on the federal crime. This follows the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine and findings of unsafe working conditions, violations of U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) regulations and organized efforts to obstruct and interfere with MSHA inspectors. DOJ
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