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Louisiana to Get Mine Safety Training Money

Louisiana is getting a share of federal money for safety training to miners. The Labor Department said Wednesday that it has allocated just over $81,000 to the state. It comes from a national pool of $8.4 million. The grants cover …

4 Miners Dead in Cave-In at North Mexico Coal Mine

Four miners have been killed in an explosion that caved in part of a coal mine in the northern Mexico border state of Coahuila. The Minerales de Monclova company says Friday’s accident at its La Esmeralda mine was caused by …

Despite Collapses, Improvement Seen at Montana Mine

The operator of Montana’s only underground coal mine expects to resume full operations this week after being hit with multiple safety citations and two temporary shut-downs following a series of roof collapses. No one was injured in the four collapses, …

MHSA Offers Grants to Improve Mine Safety

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is offering grants to states and nonprofits to develop training for emergency preparedness and prevention in underground mines. The agency announced Wednesday that up to 20 grants from the Brookwood-Sago grants program could …

EPA Knew Montana Town’s Scrap Piles Contained Asbestos

Federal regulators knew potentially contaminated bark and wood chips were being sold from a Superfund site in the asbestos-tainted town of Libby, Mont., for three years before they stopped the practice, according to a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency …

Report: Massey Mine Had 2 Sets of Records

The owners of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 men died in a blast last year kept two sets of safety records, one that it concealed from federal safety officials, National Public Radio reported Wednesday. The government-subsidized radio network …

Report: Safety Guidelines Ignored in West Virginia UBB Mine Explosion

“The disaster at Upper Big Branch (UBB) was manmade and could have been prevented had Massey Energy (Massey) followed basic, well-tested and historically proven safety procedures,” according to the Governor’s Independent Investigation Panel’s 113 page report. This finding directly opposes …

EPA: Montana Town Cleaner but Asbestos Risks Persist

A preliminary study of an asbestos-plagued Montana town indicates health dangers remain in some areas already addressed in a federal cleanup that, so far, has cost more than $370 million. Tuesday’s release of a long-awaited draft toxicity study for the …

MSHA Says Latest Mine Inspections Net 134 Violations

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration says it issued 134 citations during its latest round of inspections targeting problem mines. The agency said Thursday that 60 of the violations were uncovered at coal mines in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, …

1 Missing After Collapse at North Idaho Silver Mine

A rescue team worked to find a missing miner at a northern Idaho silver mine Saturday by clearing debris from a collapsed tunnel more than a mile underground, officials said. Hecla Mining Co. President Phil Baker said the collapse at …