Salt Line Coal Mines in central Washington state are shutting down on Saturday as coal companies cut off subsidies.
The company, the Salt Line Corporation, said it is cutting off its coal and gas subsidy, effective Friday, and the company is shutting down operations at the coal mines, which include the former Salt Line Mine, in central Washougal County.
Salt Line said in a statement Saturday it will take over the coal operations in the area of the former mine, but it said it will remain in the state as a wholly owned subsidiary of Salt Line.
The coal mines will be shut down, but there will be no shutdown of the coal production.
The Salt Line Corp. also said in the statement that it will not be closing mines in the areas of the old Salt Line mine and the former site of the Salt Lake Coal Mine.
The mine, which was operated by the Salt River Iron Mines Company until 1986, was the first mine to operate in the central U.S. and was the site of a controversial 1984 spill.
The spill, which destroyed the Salt Creek Mine and killed more than 100 miners, was one of the largest in U.s. history.