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Audit Finds Mine Safety Penalties Ineffective

An August 2019 federal audit of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration found that mine safety penalties did not contribute to the overall safety of mining operations.

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Justice Coal Companies and Federal Agencies Enter Legal Battles

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family and their companies are involved in new lawsuits with federal mine safety and reclamation authorities.

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Coal Mine Deaths Rise in 2017, Agency to Reconsider Black Lung Rule

Coal mining fatalities are nearly double what they were last year, and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration announced it would revisit a rule intended to protect miners from black lung disease.

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MSHA’s “Rules to Live By” Remind Us of Real Risks

On Jan. 31, the head of U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, Joe Main, announced the next phase of the “Rules to Live By” training, a program with a catchy title that aims to reduce mining fatalities and injuries. The

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Congressional Hearing on Stream Buffer Zone Neglects Residents

By Jamie Goodman On Sept. 26, a Congressional hearing took place in Charleston, W.Va. to discuss proposed revisions to the controversial stream buffer zone rule designed to further protect waterways in Appalachia. Conducted by Representatives Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Shelley

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