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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...

'Green News Report' - January 28, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.28.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Democratic Presidential candidates focus on climate and clean energy in I...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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...

'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 - w...

Dave Jamieson

Mine Safety Chief On Upper Big Branch: 'We Could've Done Better'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Dave Jamieson

Lone Miner's Death Tells 'Story Of The Appalachian Coal Miner'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Dave Jamieson

Profits Before Safety Cost 29 Miners Their Lives: Feds

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Dave Jamieson

Feds Cite Chronic Safety Failures In Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

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...

Dave Jamieson

Rand Paul: Mine Safety Regs Too Costly

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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 mas...

Black Lung Kills 1,000 Coal Miners Annually. Anybody Care?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

For a Republican-led Congress about to take over Washington, DC, I hope the fate of the coal miners and their families and communities -- and our nation's dependence on dirty and deadly coal -- is not overlooked.

Black Cross Movement Calls Out Dangerous Navajo Coal Mines (Photos)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As the Labor Department made an unprecedented move yesterday to file a court injunction to shut down a hazardous Massey Energy coal mine in eastern Ke...

Washington Post Nails Coal Mine Death Crisis: Big Coal Runs "Clean Coal" Ad on Same Page?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In one of the most bizarre Big Coal public relations ads yet, online readers of the Washington Post today were forced to view a fatuous "clean coal" a...

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.

Massey Energy Hit With MORE Violations At Upper Big Branch Mine

blogs.wvgazette.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Federal inspectors have yet to get underground at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine, but they've already hit the operation with another nearly two...

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.