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Black Lung Deniers

Richard Trumka | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Coal companies, their lawyers and their hand-picked doctors will go to any length -- ethical or not -- to deny the small monthly benefits that stricken miners are due under the Black Lung Benefits Act.

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

Miner Takes On Coal Company | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Within the last 17 months, Kentucky miner Reuben Shemwell got fired from his welding job, sued by his former employer and effectively bl...

Dave Jamieson

Outgoing Labor Secretary: GOP Attacks Were 'Outrageous' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four years ago, when she was considering becoming President Barack Obama's secretary of labor, Hilda Solis said many friends asked why s...

Utah Coal Mine Operator To Pay Nearly $1 Million In Fines

AP | PAUL FOY | Posted 11.27.2012 | Green

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The operator of the Utah mine that collapsed in 2007, killing nine people, has reached a $949,351 settlement with the federal ...

Dave Jamieson

'Playing Politics With People's Lives' | 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...

'Green News Report' - March 27, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.27.2012 | 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: Warning -...

Dave Jamieson

Mine Safety Chief On Upper Big Branch: 'We Could've Done Better' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration told lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill that his agency wasn't responsible for the ...

Panel Blames Regulation Enforcement For Deadly West Virginia Mine Explosion

AP | JOHN RABY | Posted 03.24.2012 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration could have prevented or reduced the likelihood of an April 2010 explosion in so...

Official: Coal Mines Warning When Inspectors Show Up

AP | Posted 05.23.2012 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The Mine Safety and Health Administration says coal companies are still illegally warning miners when federal inspectors ar...

Judge 'Outraged' At Utah Mine Collapse Deal

AP | PAUL FOY | Posted 05.15.2012 | Green

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday he was outraged over a plea deal that settles criminal charges against the operator of a Utah c...

Report: Inspectors Missed Problems Before WV Mine Accident

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 05.06.2012 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Federal inspectors either missed problems at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine or failed to inspect the areas where the...

Dave Jamieson

Lone Miner's Death Tells 'Story Of The Appalachian Coal Miner' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.02.2012 | Green

Richard Coots, Jr. wasn’t killed in a massive explosion, and the accident that claimed him barely made a ripple of news beyond Eastern Kentucky. He ...

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Profits Before Safety Cost 29 Miners Their Lives: Feds | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials released a damning report Tuesday on the Upper Big Branch coal mining disaster, citing "corporate culture" at coal gia...

Dave Jamieson

GOP Targets Rule That Protects Rooftop Workers From Falling | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In addition to blocking President Obama's health care law and slashing funding for job training, the budget plan presented by House Repu...

Dave Jamieson

How One Miner Took On Big Coal | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

WHITESBURG, Ky. -- On a July morning four years ago, Charles Scott Howard left his home in the mountains of Southeastern Kentucky and drove his pickup...

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Feds Cite Chronic Safety Failures In Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.29.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The federal agency tasked with overseeing mine safety released on Wednesday its preliminary findings on the Upper Big Branch Mine disast...

Dave Jamieson

Investigator Flays Coal Company In Upper Big Branch Disaster | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.19.2011 | Green

NEW YORK -- The lead investigator examining the Upper Big Branch Mine tragedy lambasted coal company Massey Energy Thursday for failing to ensure the ...

Dave Jamieson

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

Surprise Inspection Finds Dozens Of Serious Safety Violations At Massey Mine

AP | By TIM HUBER | Posted 07.04.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Troubled coal producer Massey Energy Co. has been cited for more than two dozen serious safety violations that could have caused ...

Dave Jamieson

Rand Paul: Mine Safety Regs Too Costly | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With American miners still succumbing to black lung disease, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has proposed a plan to red...

Is 'The Bar For Prosecution Too High' With Mine Safety?

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Federal mine regulators need stronger laws to protect the nation's underground coal miners, particularly when it comes to pr...

New Mine Safety Rules Would Result In Speedier Enforcement

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

RICHMOND, Va. — Federal regulators are proposing new safety rules that would result in speedier enforcement for mines that have shown a pattern ...

Coal Dust Propagated Upper Big Branch Explosion: MSHA

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

The fatal April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine started with a frictional ignition on the longwall face involving as little at 13 cubic feet of methane that would not normally be expected to cause such devastation.

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 m...