BOSTON (AP) _ Federal authorities are suing three companies in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire they say committed mine safety violations and repeatedly ignored orders to pay nearly $268,000 in civil penalties.

The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday that companies targeted by complaints filed in federal courts include crushed
stone operator R.J. Cincotta Co. Inc. of Waltham, Mass. Others are construction sand and gravel operators American Industries Inc. of Jewett City, Conn., and Raymond Sand and Gravel of Raymond, N.H.

Authorities seek unpaid penalties of more than $144,800 from R.J. Cincotta, at least $24,600 from American Industries and more than $98,200 from Raymond Sand and Gravel.

The complaints also seek interests, injunctions and performance bonds from each mine operator to guarantee that future penalties will be paid.

Company representatives did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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