Coal

From video courtesy Sen. Joe Manchin

Congressional leaders are cautiously optimistic that a budget deal could protect health benefits for retired miners.

TVA, via Facebook

The CEO of the nation's biggest public utility says the agency isn't going to reopen coal-fired power plants under President Donald Trump.

Courtesy Berkeley Energy Group, via WFPL

In the first project of its kind, a Kentucky coal company is partnering with a global renewable energy giant to explore putting a major solar installation on a former mountaintop removal coal mine.

Peabody Energy, Inc., via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0)

With Australia coping with the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie and China turning back imports of coal from North Korea this week as apparent punishment for missile tests, U.S. coal exporters are hoping for a boost. But analysts aren’t predicting a coal comeback.

Federico Rostagno, 123rf Stock Photo

The Kentucky Coal Museum won't need as much coal anymore. The museum in Benham (in Harlan County) is installing solar panels on its roof, part of a project aimed at lowering the energy costs of one of the city's largest electric customers. 

Alexander Korzh, 123RF Stock Photo

A bipartisan group of legislators sent a letter to President Trump this week asking for more money for  black lung health clinics.

Erica Peterson, WFPL News

Monday night at his rally in Louisville, President Donald Trump repeated a campaign promise, telling the crowd he would revive Kentucky’s beleaguered coal industry.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers in both Kentucky and West Virginia are working to loosen mine safety regulations, alarming some mine safety experts.

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Kentucky lawmakers have agreed to loosen inspection requirements for underground coal mines. The Kentucky Senate gave final approval to House Bill 384 on Tuesday. 

As President Trump promises major investment in infrastructure, people across the country are hoping that includes spending on water pipes for drinking.

Flint, Mich., was a high-profile example of the many communities — like one in Eastern Kentucky — where people just can't trust their water.

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