McLean County mine to close, more than 160 people to lose their job

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MCLEAN COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – Another western Kentucky mine will close later this year.

McLean County officials say a 60-day WARN notice was issued at the Rhino Pennyrile Energy Mine, just outside of Beech Grove.

About 170 people work at the mine.

Judge executive Ed West says the announcement is a devastating loss to the county’s economy.

He says workers were surprised at the news.

“A little bit shell-shocked. They had that 1,000-yard stare. There is still 20 years of coal in that mine left. No one expected this now.”

The mine will start letting workers go in the beginning of November.

West says he’s unsure how it will affect the county’s budget.

This is the fourth coal mine in the Tri-State that will close this year.

In April, Liberty Mine in Warrick County closed putting more than 80 people out of work.

Dotiki Mine in Webster County had its last day of operations on August 16th.

And Somerville Mine in Gibson County will close on Friday, October 4th, impacting close to 130 workers.

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(This story was originally published on September 3, 2019)

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