The dust was so thick that Justin Greenwell could barely see what was in front of him. A 29-year-old miner, Greenwell had grown accustomed to working in the coal dust below ground in the Parkway Mine in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Yet the prevalence of the dust in the air bothered Greenwell more and more. He’d labored for seven years in the mines, and already he was experiencing shortness of breath when he worked on his farm on...

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In the wake of the deaths of two West Virginia miners and the horrific loss of 301 miners in a Turkish mine disaster, media coverage has highlighted the deadly tensions between the existence of regulations designed to keep miners safe and the lack of enforcement of these regulations. An NPR story addresses the fact that Patriot Coal’s Brody No. 1 mine, where Eric Legg and Gary Hensley were killed while retreat mining, had a...

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