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Residents outraged as shuttered coal mine reopens in King County; warn of home damage, pollution
KING COUNTY -- Residents in Black Diamond are expressing concern over a coal company's decision to restart coal mining at the long-defunct John Henry mine in King County. On April 2, the Pacific Coast Coal Company sent a letter to Black Diamond residents notifying them the company would resume mining at the 110-year-old coal pit. Mining would include noisy blasting operations, something the company called an "essential component," in the 160- acres mine not far from area homes.