WASHINGTON – January 28 – Today a broad coalition of citizen and environmental groups reopened litigation against the Department of Interior for its removal of a key protection for streams against mountaintop removal mining—the “Stream Buffer Zone Rule.” The Bush administration removed this protection through a midnight rulemaking in 2008, and the Obama administration agreed the Bush administration’s action was unlawful....

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Overdue step to protect miners; federal rule targets repeat violators Lexington Herald-Leader,  January 23, 2013 It’s been too long coming, but at long last the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has unleashed itself to shut down coal operations that endanger workers’ lives by repeatedly violating safety standards. The pattern of violations rule that was finalized last week and takes effect in March finally makes...

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An article from the Beckley, WV Register-Herald explores the response of community members and health care professionals to the rising incidence of Black Lung in coal miners. January 6, 2013 Oak Hill couple volunteers for miners Black lung disease is on the rise in West Virginia By C.V. Moore Register-Herald Reporter OAK HILL — Black lung disease is on the rise in West Virginia, but those with intimate knowledge of its effects say...

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