This Week on Honesty Without Fear In the second half hour, Richard Renner speaks with whistleblower Charles Scott Howard about his recent reinstatement in his case against Cumberland River Coal Co. The company was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine for discriminating against a whistleblower. Mr. Howard, no stranger to blowing the whistle on unsafe conditions in mines, started exposing safety issues back in 2007. He has also testified...

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  APPALACHIAN CITIZENS’ LAW CENTER JOINS FIGHT TO STOP ENERGY LOBBYISTS FROM KILLING AMERICA’S CLEAN ENERGY AGENDA Push Reflects Views of 83 Percent of Americans That a “New-Grassroots Driven” Effort is Needed. WHITESBURG, KY – June 28, 2012 – Fed up with the undue influence of the energy companies, utilities, lobbyists and other interests that are making it impossible for Washington to move forward decisively in achieving America’s...

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Charles Scott Howard, Kentucky Miner, Wins Reinstatement In Whistleblower Case Dave Jamieson, Huffington Post Kentucky miner Charles Scott Howard lost his job at Cumberland River Coal Co. last May, after years of butting heads with management over safety issues at the mine. Now, more than 13 months later, Howard may suit up and head back into the mine, whether his employer likes it or not. A federal judge ordered Friday that...

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The Courier-Journal —  Louisville, Kentucky —  June 17, 2012 by Laura Ungar Long linked to underground coal mining, black-lung disease also strikes miners who work above ground — hitting hardest in the Kentucky region. Those are the findings of a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first assessment in a decade of black-lung disease in surface miners. It found that 46 of 2,257 surface...

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The Courier-Journal — Louisville, Kentucky — June 1, 2012 by James R. Carroll ARLINGTON, VA. — Federal inspectors staging a surprise safety blitz at a Harlan County coal mine two weeks ago found violations serious enough to warrant a nine-day shutdown of the operation, which is owned in part by former operators of another Kentucky mine where an explosion killed five miners in 2006. Documents that The Courier-Journal...

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