Smoke prompts Montana mine evacuation; no injuries

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Posted: Oct 19, 2011 6:38 PM
Smoke prompts Montana mine evacuation; no injuries

A federal safety official says 200 workers were evacuated from a southern Montana platinum and palladium mine after smoke was reported.

All the miners from the Stillwater Mining Co. mine were accounted for following the 9:30 a.m. evacuation.

Amy Louviere with the Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday that no injuries have been reported.

Louviere says a federal safety inspector arrived at the mine less than an hour and a half after the smoke was reported. She says the incident is under investigation.

Stillwater is the only platinum and palladium miner in the country. The company employs an estimated 1,350 people at its mines near Nye and south of Big Timber, and at a processing plant in Columbus.