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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.
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 …
The statistical evidence of mining-related cancer and birth defects, along with the public concern, should serve to remind us: If Eastern Kentucky is to have a future, the places where people live, work and recreate cannot be sacrificed to an industry on its way out of the region.
A new, extensive Government Accountability Office study of the EPA’s hydraulic fracturing regulations says they need to be updated and are insufficient to ensure the safety of drinking water. To make these conclusions the GAO studied tracking practices in eight states, including Kentucky.
Coal companies owned by a major political supporter of Gov. Steve Beshear are under serious scrutiny for failing to comply with basic strip-mining reclamation regulations in Kentucky and four other states.
Kentucky is seeking to renew its general permit for the coal industry — including mountaintop surface mines that disturb hundreds of acres, pollute streams already impaired by earlier mining and threaten aquatic life and human health.
Last year, the Obama administration quietly put the brakes on any new field work by the U.S. Geological Survey to gather data on the potential public-health threats posed by mountaintop removal.