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Coal Mining
11:05 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Number Of Black Lung Cases Amongst Coal Miners Increases

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Over the decades, great gains have been made in reducing black lung disease among coal miners. But, recently, there’s been an uptick in the sometimes fatal condition. 

Fifty years ago, Central Appalachian Education and Research Center Director Wayne Sanderson said about a third of all miners contracted black lung.  Today, the potentially deadly disease afflicts about four to five percent of miners.  And, Sanderson said, that number’s climbing.

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Society
3:37 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Mine Safety Official Says Fatality-Free Year Achievable

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It’s never happened, but a leading official in the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration believes a fatality-free year in coal mining is achievable. 

Joe Main, who the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration was in Lexington for the Central Appalachian Regional Work Safety and Health Symposium. Just forty years ago, before the U-S Mine Safety Act, Main says a miner was killed every day. Last year, he says, 36 American miners died with 20 of them claimed by coal.

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Business
2:36 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Excavations Begin for New McLean County Mine

Excavation work is underway at a new coal mine in McClean county that could create upwards of 250 jobs.

Lexington-based Rhino Resources Partners is digging the mine near Beech Grove by the Green River.

Company officials hope to begin mining within the year.  The mine is expected to produce about eight-hundred-thousand tons of coal in its first year of operations in 2015, but estimates put the deposit at two-million tons per year in the future. 

Based on those numbers, Rhino would pay out more than a million dollars in a coal severance tax to the state annually.

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Government
6:44 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Audit Finds Lack of Mine Inspectors in Illinois

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State auditors say the Illinois Department of Natural Resources didn't employ enough mine-safety inspectors the past two years to comply with state law.

An Illinois Auditor General's report released yesterday says the department had 10 inspectors for more than 40 mines. The state Coal Mining Act calls for at least 16 inspectors.

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Business
7:36 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Patriot Coal Agrees to Close Mountaintop Removal Mines

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A St. Louis-based coal company with mines throughout the region has agreed to phase out its mountaintop removal sites. Patriot Coal agreed to the measure as part of a settlement that grants the company more time to control water pollution at its mines in West Virginia.

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Government
12:38 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Hanson Mining Ordinance Under Review

The Hopkins County Joint Planning Commission is reviewing the city of Hanson’s laws to allow mining within city limits. The city passed an ordinance in 1990 banning mining. But Mayor Charles Young says Alliance Coal has purchased land within city limits, and the city commission wants to allow them to use the land for underground mining.

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Society
11:43 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Pleasant Ridge community reacts to proposed surface mine next to Girl Scout camp

End of Girl Scout Road, entrance to Camp Pennyroyal

Proposed zoning for a surface mine is causing quite a stir in Daviess County, Kentucky. The mine would be in a rural area outside of Owensboro called Pleasant Ridge- where mining has existed for decades. This mine, though, would be located next to a Girl Scout camp. Rose Krzton-Presson explores what this means not only for the camp, but for Pleasant Ridge, Owensboro, and Daviess County’s economic growth in recent years. 

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Government
9:00 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Keith Hall Raising Eyebrows for Participating in Kentucky - India Coal Deal

The involvement of a state representative in a major coal deal in Kentucky is raising some eyebrows. Under the terms of a new $7 billion contract, Kentucky coal producers will ship nine million tons of coal a year to India for the next twenty-five years. Representative Keith Hall was instrumental in brokering the deal—and he represents both the people of Kentucky and his own private coal interests.

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Business
12:03 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Coal Association Applauds Federal Ruling

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Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett is applauding a federal court ruling that found the EPA overstepped its authority in establishing water quality criteria for consideration of mining permits. He calls the decision Tuesday by U. S. District Judge Reggie Walton “a victory for all of Kentucky and West Virginia.”

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Business
11:08 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Patriot Coal Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

A major coal company with mines in Appalachia and Western Kentucky has filed for bankruptcy. In a news release, Patriot Coal said it was undertaking the move to facilitate restructuring.

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