mine safety

Business
3:24 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

A Deeper Look at Kentucky's Delinquent Mines

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:19 am

Last month, a joint project by NPR and Mine Safety and Health News revealed that many of the nation's mines—coal and otherwise—operate despite owing large sums of money to the federal government for health and safety violations.

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Environment
3:19 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Coal Mines Keep Operating Despite Injuries, Violations And Millions In Fines

This photo of Roy Middleton working underground at the Kentucky Darby mine now sits on the mantel in the Middleton home in Harlan County, Ky. He was killed after an explosion in 2006.
Anna Boiko-Weyrauch/NPR Original photo courtesy of the Middleton family

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 8:21 am

Jack Blankenship was pinned facedown in the dirt, his neck, shoulder and back throbbing with pain.

He was alone on an errand, in a dark tunnel a mile underground at the Aracoma Alma coal mine in Logan County, W.Va., when a 300-pound slab of rock peeled away from the roof and slammed him to the ground. As his legs grew numb, he managed to free an arm and reach his radio. For two hours, he pressed the panic button that was supposed to bring help quickly.

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Government
3:58 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Kentucky Mine Safety Office to Restructure After Budget Cut

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After the Kentucky General Assembly cut the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing budget by more than $4 million, Governor Steve Beshear is mandating it to restructure. The office will become the Division of Mine Safety under the Department of Natural Resources effective June 1.

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Government
4:10 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Office of Mine Safety and Licensing Deals with Budget Cuts

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As concerns about mine safety are raised after an explosion in a Turkish coal mine killed more than 200 miners, Kentucky mine safety officials are doing their best to keep Kentucky miners safe as they cope with a 38 percent cut in state funding.

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Regulators Couldn't Close U.S. Mine Despite Poor Safety Record

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:10 pm

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.

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.

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Government
3:26 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Kentucky Senate Budget to Restore Number of Mine Inspections

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The Kentucky Senate will likely restore funding to conduct coal mine inspections in the state budget.

Currently, mines get six state inspections a year. A previous draft of the budget cut the number to two. Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber will likely restore funding for six inspections.

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