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AG looking deeper into coal violations

December 3, 2014

Despite publicly stating the opposite, state Energy and Environmental Cabinet officials could present no evidence that they have initiated any enforcement actions against Frasure Creek mining for repeated violations of the Clean Water Act.

Coal's costs keep adding up

November 30, 2014

How many more examples do we need of coal operators' lawlessness, aided and abetted by government apathy or impotence?

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

November 12, 2014

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.

A Scourge for Coal Miners Stages a Brutal Comeback

November 11, 2014

Another in a long line of studies showed conclusively that not only is black lung back, but that the worst form of the disease now affects a larger share of Appalachian coal miners than at any time since the early 1970s, shortly after a federal law meant to end the disease was passed.

Study Shows Direct Connections Between Mountaintop Removal Dust Exposure and Lung Cancer

October 20, 2014

A new epidemiological study adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that mountaintop removal coal mining is harmful to the health of nearby residents.

Complex Market Forces Are Challenging Appalachian Coal Mining

October 6, 2014

Appalachia’s coal communities are confronting a confluence of market factors that are years in the making. This issue brief discusses some of the market challenges companies in the Appalachian coal industry face.

As Louisville considers boosting the minimum wage, here’s a look at how such a hike impacted Santa Fe

October 3, 2014

In early 2003, Santa Fe’s city council voted to increase the minimum wage for workers incrementally to $10.50 an hour by 2008. Media reports from this period cited the concerns of business owners critical of the increase, and the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce even sued the city, claiming they did not have the legal authority to implement this ordinance.

Felons Getting Closer to Voting in KY

September 15, 2014

Felons won't let up on state lawmakers in Kentucky until they get the right to vote.

Appeals court dismisses coal-industry challenge to rule targeting mines with repeated violations

August 20, 2014

Federal appeals judges have dismissed a coal industry complaint challenging a rule that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has used in stepped-up enforcement against coal mines accused of having poor safety records and a pattern of violations.

Moment of truth for Hal Rogers, SOAR: No ignoring health effects of strip mining

August 18, 2014

No mention of surface coal mining's effect on human health appeared in U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers' electronic update on the recent SOAR Health Impact Series even though it was one of the top two concerns voiced by participants …

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