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Retired Coal Boss to Oversee Mine Safety

The Senate on Wednesday narrowly approved President Donald Trump’s selection of a retired coal company executive to oversee U.S. mining safety. David Zatezalo was confirmed as assistant labor secretary for mine safety and health by a 52-46 vote. Zatezalo, of …

Union, Feds at Odds on How to Counter Surge in Coal Mine Deaths

Deaths in U.S. coal mines this year have surged ahead of last year’s, and federal safety officials say workers who are new to a mine have been especially vulnerable to fatal accidents. But the nation’s coal miner’s union says the …

MSHA: No Mine Gets Pattern of Violations Notice for 3rd Year in a Row

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced that – for the third consecutive year – none of the nation’s more than 13,000 mining operations meets the criteria for a Pattern of Violations notice. The screening period …

Agency Reports Safest Mining Year in History

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration released data that indicates Fiscal Year 2016 was the safest year in mining history. From Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016, a record low 24 deaths occurred at the …

MSHA Reports No Mines Eligible for a Pattern of Violations Notice

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced last month that – for the first time since reforms began in 2010 – none of the nation’s more than 13,000 mining operations meets the criteria for a Pattern …

Coal Industry Concerned CEOs at Risk of Liability for Violations

Coal industry groups from three states are arguing that the conviction of former coal executive Don Blankenship could unfairly expose other industry leaders to criminal conspiracy charges. The Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia Coal Associations shared their concerns in a …

Jail Appears Certain for Ex-Massey Energy CEO Bound as Appeal Denied

Former Massey Energy CEO Donald Blankenship is headed to prison even as he appeals his conviction for conspiring to flout mine-safety laws in connection with the worst U.S. coal industry disaster in almost 40 years. The federal appeals court in …

Blankenship Gets Year in Prison Over Mine Safety Conspiracy

Six years after 29 miners were killed in a West Virginia coal dust explosion, the man who ran the mining company like a fiefdom – a coal baron and power broker who earned millions of dollars a year – will …

New Federal Coal Mine Dust Rules Now in Effect

Underground coal mines will ramp up testing for the dust that causes breathing problems and leads to black lung disease under a new federal rule taking effect Monday. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is requiring coal operators to …

Regulator Says Mine Safety Improved in Past 5 Years

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main told members at the annual convention of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association in Baltimore today that mining industry improvements in the past five years have laid …