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Work Slows at Illinois Mine After Fatal Accident

ELDORADO, Ill. (AP) — Work is slowing down at a southern Illinois mine because of new federal regulations following the death of a miner earlier this month.

Wildcat Hills Mine is owned by Peabody Energy. WSIL-TV says they're appealing the new rules, arguing the regulations are too strict.

In the meantime, production at the facility in Saline County is slowing down.  Miner Freddie Bardo tells the TV station that his hours have been cut in half since the July 2 accident. And that means he's earning less money.

A 35-year-old Galatia man died after he was hit by a ram car that was moving through a ventilation curtain.

Peabody says the mine has about 200 employees. It's about 40 miles east of Carbondale.

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