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Mine Safety and Health Administration

Dave Jamieson

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 ...

Dave Jamieson

There's No War On Coal. There's A War On Coal Miners

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

Whistleblower Justin Greenwell told regulators that his company, Armstrong Coal, was misreporting the dust levels in his mine, potentially putting min...

Dave Jamieson

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 ...

Dave Jamieson

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...

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.

Dave Jamieson

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...

Dave Jamieson

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 ...

Dave Jamieson

A Huge Win For Miners Who Take On Big Coal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.21.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- In a ruling that could have wide implications for coal miners, a federal judge has rebuked a coal company for trying to sue a Kentucky m...

Dave Jamieson

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 ...

Dave Jamieson

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...

Dave Jamieson

How Sequestration Hurts Miners But Not Coal Companies

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's miners will be among those paying a high price for Congressional sequestration, with the head of the federal agency for min...

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...

'The Right To A Safe Workplace'

AP | Posted 10.31.2012 | Green

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators are helping miners fight suspensions, discharges and other discriminatory actions by companies after they r...

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...

Dave Jamieson

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...

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...

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

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...

7 Idaho Miners Safely Extracted From Underground Mine After Rock Burst

AP | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

SPOKANE, Wash. — The federal government on Thursday temporarily shut down a mile-deep silver mine in Idaho that has been the site of three serio...

Matt Sledge

Coal-State Lawmakers Want To Ignore This Danger

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.14.2011 | Green

Just days before the three-year anniversary of the devastating dike failure at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant, the Environment...

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

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...