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

Howard Berkes
November 12, 2014
National Public Radio

A joint investigation by NPR and Mine Safety and Health News found that thousands of mine operators fail to pay safety penalties, even as they continue to manage dangerous — and sometimes deadly — mining operations. Most unpaid penalties are between two and 10 years overdue; some go back two decades. And federal regulators seem unable or unwilling to make mine owners pay.

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