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Mine Safety

Dave Jamieson

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

Dave Jamieson

How A Coal Company Can Make Whistleblowers' Lives Miserable | 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...

Dave Jamieson

Fourth Miner Killed Since Shutdown Began | 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...

Dave Jamieson

Three Miners Killed Since Government Shutdown Began | 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 ...

Dave Jamieson

Lone Miner Takes On Big Coal And Wins -- Again | 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 ...

Dave Jamieson

Sequestration's Gift To Deadly Coal Companies | 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.

Feds Approve Mine Safety Rules

AP | By VICKI SMITH | Posted 03.19.2013 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — New federal rules approved Thursday could help save lives at dangerous mines with a pattern of safety violations and put mo...

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...

Mine Landslide Kills 60 In Congo

AP | By SALEH MWANAMILONGO | Posted 10.15.2012 | World

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A landslide at a gold mine in a remote corner of northeast Congo has left at least 60 people dead, a local administrator said...

Dave Jamieson

Miner Beats Big Coal In Court | 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...

Dave Jamieson

More Workers Killed On Job In 2010, Labor Group Says | 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...

Dave Jamieson

West Va. Gov Wants To Drug Test Miners | 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...

Federal Official: 'We've Got To Stay Focused On Mine Safety'

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 04.07.2012 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — If there's one lasting cultural change Mine Safety and Health Administration Director Joe Main wants to make in both the fe...

Dave Jamieson

Disgraced Senator Resurfaces Lobbying For Big Coal | 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 s...

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...

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....

64 Percent Of U.S. Mines Lack Communications Gear

AP | Posted 06.08.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. coal mine operators remain well short of meeting a 5-year-old congressional mandate to equip underground mines with high-tec...

Marcus Baram

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

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...

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...

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.