Sierra Club accuses coal company of violations at Leslie County mine BY:  Bill Estep, Lexington Herald Leader The Sierra Club has sued a coal company, alleging environmental violations at a large surface mine in Leslie County. The lawsuit charges that ICG Hazard LLC has discharged selenium and other pollutants into creeks near the Thunder Ridge mine in violation of federal law, state standards and its own permit conditions. The...

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Black lung kills.  This terrible fact was the basis for the requirement in the 1969 Coal Mine Act requiring that the concentration of respirable dust in the mine atmosphere during each shift to which each miner in the active workings is exposed be at “a level of personal exposure which will prevent new incidences of respiratory disease and the further development of such disease in any person.” 30 U.S.C. § 842(d).  MSHA’s...

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