MSHA http://wkms.org en Regulators Couldn't Close U.S. Mine Despite Poor Safety Record http://wkms.org/post/regulators-couldnt-close-us-mine-despite-poor-safety-record The West Virginia mine where two workers were fatally injured on Monday consistently violated federal mine safety laws, but federal regulators say they were unable to shut it down completely.<p>The Mine Safety and Health Administration confirmed that two workers were killed on May 12 when coal and rocks burst from mine walls at Patriot Coal's Brody No. 1 mine in Boone County, W.Va.<p>MSHA says one victim was operating a mining machine and the other was drilling bolts into the roof of the mine, a process that prevents rockfalls. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:22:11 +0000 Howard Berkes & Anna Boiko-Weyrauch 40580 at http://wkms.org Madisonville to House the Nation's Fourth Emergency Response Hub http://wkms.org/post/madisonville-house-nations-fourth-emergency-response-hub <p></p><p>Madisonville will house the nation’s fourth Mine Safety and Health Administration emergency response center.</p><p>MSHA’s Kevin Stricklin says the new center starts operations in early spring. Stricklin says having those capabilities in Madisonville reduces mining disaster response time in the Midwest by around eight hours. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:22:21 +0000 Angela Hatton 25954 at http://wkms.org Madisonville to House the Nation's Fourth Emergency Response Hub Ky. mine operators owe $29M in delinquent fines http://wkms.org/post/ky-mine-operators-owe-29m-delinquent-fines <p>A published report says Kentucky coal operators owe more in delinquent fines to federal authorities for mine safety violations than any other state.&nbsp; The Louisville Courier-Journal reports the finding from an analysis of records from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.&nbsp; Records show Kentucky mine operators owe MSHA just over 29 million dollars, 40 percent of the total seventy-three and a half million owed to the agency in mine safety fines. Mon, 28 May 2012 14:50:07 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 18136 at http://wkms.org