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This Retired Miner Has Black Lung Disease. He's Fighting To Make Sure No One Else Gets It.

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics

Mike "Flip" Wilson worked his last day in a Kentucky coal mine last spring. He had decided to retire and spend more time with his wife. After 40 years...

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Alison Lundergan Grimes: Both McConnell And His Wife Have Failed Coal Miners

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The campaign of Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has ripped her opponent, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), for siding wi...

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Black Lung Disease Rates Skyrocket To Highest Levels Since 1970s

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business

The proportion of coal miners who suffer from an advanced form of black lung disease has skyrocketed in central Appalachia in recent years, according ...

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Coal Miner Whose Brother Died On The Job Was Fired After Flagging Dangers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business

In October of 2011, Jeromy Coots helped transport the lifeless body of his older brother out of the coal mine where they'd worked together in eastern ...

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Obama's 'War On Coal' Is About To Save Coal Miners' Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday the Labor Department announced new rules that will tighten the standards protecting U.S. miners from black lung disease, a ...

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How A Coal Company Can Make Whistleblowers' Lives Miserable

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

Early last year, Kentucky coal miner Reuben Shemwell was sued by his own employer for filing a safety discrimination complaint with federal regulators...

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Fourth Miner Killed Since Shutdown Began

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Indiana coal miner was killed after being struck and pinned down by a shuttle car in an underground mine on Friday, making his the fo...

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Three Miners Killed Since Government Shutdown Began

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just as the federal agency that oversees mine safety has had to furlough most of its workers, three U.S. miners have been killed on the ...

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Lone Miner Takes On Big Coal And Wins -- Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A panel of federal judges ruled Thursday that a Kentucky miner who was fired two years ago after alleging unsafe conditions at his mine ...

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Sequestration's Gift To Deadly Coal Companies

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facing budget cuts under congressional sequestration, the federal agency overseeing mine safety is planning to severely cut back its eff...

On 35th Anniversary of Mine Safety and Health Act, Still More Work to Do

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

We must keep pressing forward with the legacy of the Mine Safety and Health Act. It is far too important, and too many lives are at stake, to give up now.

Dave Jamieson

'Playing Politics With People's Lives'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Someday, a device known as the personal dust monitor could save coal miners a lot of misery. The "PDM," as it's known in mining circ...

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Miner Beats Big Coal In Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business

Kentucky miner Charles Scott Howard lost his job at Cumberland River Coal Co. last May, after years of butting heads with management over safety issue...

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More Workers Killed On Job In 2010, Labor Group Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.03.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Thirteen U.S. workers were killed on the job each day and roughly 50,000 died from work-related diseases in 2010, a worrisome increase i...

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West Va. Gov Wants To Drug Test Miners

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green

Drug testing for miners has become a crucial component of the safety legislation under consideration in West Virginia in the wake of the Upper Big Bra...

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Disgraced Senator Resurfaces Lobbying For Big Coal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.22.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Having left Congress after an embarrassing 2007 arrest, former Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has quietly reemerged in Washington as a lobby...

Miners Rescued After 14 Hours

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.20.2011 | Green

3 Men Freed After Being Trapped in Kentucky Mine UPDATE 1:03 a.m. The Courier-Journal reports that the miners were rescued safely at approxima...

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House Dems: Coal Industry Rep Gave 'Questionable' Testimony On Whistleblower Retaliation

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats have accused a coal industry representative of giving "questionable" testimony during a hearing on mine safety reform ea...

Families Of Dead Coal Miners Let Down By Inaction In Washington

Los Angeles Times | Kim Geiger, Tom Hamburger and Doug Smith | Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics

While there have been improvements, many of the glaring problems revealed by the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine remain unaddressed....

Marcus Baram

West Virginia Mine Disaster: One Year Later, Safety Overhaul Stalled

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 06.04.2011 | Green

NEW YORK -- A year after the worst coal mining accident in decades took the lives of 29 workers, prompting urgent calls to revamp oversight of one of ...

Green News Report: January 6, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The new mas...

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Cave In: How Industry And Inattention Killed Mine Safety Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

"Every mine law ever wrote has been written in blood, but this time even that wasn't enough" - Fred Burgess, whose stepson died in the Upper Big Branc...

GOP Unmoved by Miners' Health Concerns While MSHA Cracks Down on Black Lung, Scofflaws

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Art Levine

In an earlier political era, a major mine disaster like the explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 miners might have spurred Congress to take action. Not in today's Washington.

Rahall Touts Seniority, Accomplishments On Mine Safety

Heath Harrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Heath Harrison

Democrat Nick Rahall has represented West Virginia's 3rd Congressional district since 1977 and currently chairs the House Natural Resources Committee ...

Let's Cheer the Chilean Miners -- and Fight for Workers Everywhere

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

While I cheered for the miners coming up from the ground beneath the Atacama Desert, it was painful to recognize yet another sign of the dangerous, corporate-driven agenda that has far more regard for the bottom line than for working people.