Recent coal mine safety news

Posted By on Apr 30, 2010

Web news: MSHA’s Joe Main urged to scrap ‘pattern of violations’ rule; mine safety lawyers say operators escaping tougher enforcement Congress intended (Coal Tattoo) Senators Question Massey Mine Safety, Alleged Culture of Intimidation (Solve Climate) Government Ordered Massey Mine Shut 61 Times Since January 2009 (Business Week) ‘Computer programming error’ kept Massey mine off enforcement list (The Charleston Gazette)...

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Mine Safety Hearing

Posted By on Apr 29, 2010

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America President of United Mine Workers Cecil Roberts (L) testifies as Jeffrey Harris (2nd L) of Farley, West Virginia, a former Massey coal miner, and Wes Addington (R), Deputy Director of Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, look on during a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee April 27, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing focused on...

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EPA Review of Surface Coal Mining

Posted By on Apr 23, 2010

It’s been a few weeks now since EPA issued its guidance on “Improving EPA Review of Appalachian Surface Coal Mining Operations.” Despite the fact that the guidance was effectively immediately after its April 1, 2010 release, there are still significant questions about what the guidance will mean for new mine permitting in Central Appalachia. One thing is clear though, the process of permitting a large surface mines just got a lot more...

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The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission “failed to follow or distinguish its own precedent and failed to articulate its reasoning” in ruling against coal miner Lawrence Pendley in his safety discrimination case.  In a published decision, the 6th Circuit reversed the Commission’s Order and remanded the case for further consideration.  Pendley, a western Kentucky miner, has...

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