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Mine Safety

Feds Issued 600 Mine Safety Violations In September

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Federal inspectors issued nearly 600 citations for safety violations found at 30 problem mining operations across the countr...

Marcus Baram

Cave In: How Industry And Inattention Killed Mine Safety Bill | 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.

Feds Sue To Close Massey Mine In Kentucky Over Safety Violations

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Department of Labor filed an unprecedented federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to close a mine operated by troubled c...

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 ...

China Coal Mine Explosion Kills 20, Traps More Than 30

AP | KEN TEH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

YUZHOU, China — Dozens of anxious relatives and friends of 11 miners trapped underground by an explosion in central China gathered outside the s...

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.

They Never Should Have Been Trapped in the First Place

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

It is wonderful that all of the trapped Chilean miners look to be rescued alive, and that the globe can share in their joy. But they never should have been trapped in the first place.

Six Months After Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, Republicans Still Obstructing Progress

Jake Blumgart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Blumgart

If the Republicans and their industry allies are successful in sinking the Byrd Act, another option for worker safety reform won't present itself again soon, or at least until the next mine explodes.

Inspector General: Mine Safety Regulator's Failures Start At The Top

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

The MSHA's failure to improve the safety standards of repeat offenders results from a systemic lack of focus and leadership that spans decades, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of the Inspector General.

Mining Lobbyists Win, Companies Get First Look At Diesel-Cancer Study

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A long-delayed government epidemiological study of possible ties between diesel exhaust and lung cancer in miners may finally be published this fall -...

Author Isabel Allende Visits Trapped Miners' Families

AP | MICHAEL WARREN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile — The two Isabel Allendes joined Chile's president Sunday in a visit to the mine where a team of hundreds is working to res...

Mine Workers Tipped Off Before 'Surprise' Inspections, Federal Regulator Says

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Some mine companies are tipping off their underground workers before federal officials make surprise inspections, an illegal practi...

Green News Report: August 19, 2010 (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: IN TODAY'S...

The GOP Hates America; And the Democrats Won't Call Them on It

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Like Jon Stewart, I had an "I give up" moment last week watching the extraordinary spectacle of House Republicans denying health benefits to 9/11 responders.

Katherine Goldstein

Dirty Coal Money: Coal Giants Look To Spend Millions To Influence Elections | Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited spending on elections by unions and companies, coal giants are looking to form a gro...

HuffPostTV: Dan Froomkin Talks Mine Safety On C-SPAN (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

HuffPost Senior Washington Correspondent Dan Froomkin appeared on C-SPAN on Friday to discuss coal mine safety and a recent National Press Club appear...

Government Gets Tough on Mine Safety Violators

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

A small Kentucky operator, with the reputation as being one of Mine Safety and Health Administration's most recalcitrant civil penalty violators, was slapped in a criminal case with two years probation and a $25 fine.

Senators Grill Massey CEO Don Blankenship On Safety At Upper Big Branch Mine

AOL News | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON (May 20) -- The coal baron who runs the West Virginia mine that last month saw the deadliest U.S. mine accident in 40 years came unbowed to...

Byrd, Rockefeller Seek To Force Coal Industry To Disclose More Safety Information To Shareholders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., wants to hold coal companies accountable for not reporting certain key health-and-safety information to their shareholde...

Upper Big Branch Miners' Families Offered $3 Million Settlement By Massey Energy

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Massey Energy Co. is offering $3 million to each of the families of 29 men killed in an explosion at its Upper Big Branch co...

Mine Where Roof Fell Had 25 Falling Incidents In Last Year

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

As of 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, two miners remain trapped in a major roof fall at Dotiki Mine in Hopkins County, Ky. The mine reported 25 roof fall incidents or "falling materials" in the past year.

Workers Memorial Day

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sec. Hilda Solis

Today we remember those killed on the job, recognize the tremendous pain left behind by their deaths, and we recommit ourselves to ensuring that future tragedies are prevented.

Foidel Creek Coal Mine Is Colorado's Most Dangerous | David O. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Foidel Creek Mine in Routt County is one of Colorado's most productive coal mines, churning out more than a quarter of all the coal mined in the s...

Mine Safety Hearing: Massey CEO Don Blankenship Won't Appear Before Senate Committee

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The government will start going directly to federal court to shut down mines that make a habit of ignoring safety, the nation's top...