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Officials Concerned Over 3 Miner Deaths in 3 Days

Federal regulators are urging U.S. coal companies to refocus on health and safety regulations after three fatalities in three days. The deaths in occurred last week amid the ongoing government shutdown. In West Virginia, a miner was struck in the …

Congressmen Renew Push for Tougher Federal Mine Safety Laws

With five coal mining fatalities in West Virginia so far this year, Democratic U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall is renewing his push for tougher federal laws. He and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., are co-sponsoring a new version of legislation that’s languished …

West Virginia Coal Mines Shut Down to Review Safety Following Deaths

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Wednesday asked coal companies to halt production for an hour to review safety procedures following the state’s fourth mining fatality in two weeks and the sixth since November. Tomblin signed an executive order …

U.S. Issues Mine Safety Rule on Patterns of Violations

Labor Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a final rule to strengthen safety in the nation’s most dangerous mines. Solis said that the rule, which revises the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s pattern of violations regulation, seeks to ensure …

Supreme Court Hears West Virginia Mine Widows’ Plea

Federal inspectors must share the blame — and therefore face a lawsuit — for a 2006 West Virginia coal mine fire that killed two miners, a lawyer for their widows argued at the state Supreme Court on Wednesday. Lawyer Bruce …

West Virginia Mines Cited During May Safety Inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says it issued 254 citations, 19 orders and one safeguard during special inspections at West Virginia coal mines last month. Among those targeted was Argus Energy’s Deep Mine No. 8 in Wayne County, where …

Firm to Pay $209M Over West Virginia Blast That Killed 29

Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources has agreed to pay $1.5 million to each of the families of 29 miners killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia last year. The payments – part of a …

Safety Crackdown Not Harming Mining Industry: Official

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration’s continuing crackdown on the coal industry hasn’t deterred the industry’s growth, director Joe Main said Friday. From April 2010 to June 2011, the number of underground mining employees grew by about 11 percent, …

Pennsylvania Mining Firm Fined $900K Over Deadly Explosion

An administrative judge has ordered a small Pennsylvania mining company to pay $900,000 in fines related to the 2006 explosion that killed a miner and resulted in criminal charges against three others, a newspaper reported Friday. Federal officials say the …

Mining Rule on Coal Dust Becomes Permanent

Federal regulators are making permanent an emergency rule implemented last year requiring underground mines to do more to control explosive coal dust. The Mine Safety and Health Administration announced the final rule this past Monday. The rule was issued last …