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Federal watchdog finds coal safety regulator not protecting miners from silica dust

Federal watchdog finds coal safety regulator not protecting miners from silica dust

MSHA’s current standards for silica have not substantively changed in over 50 years, the report found, despite growing consensus that silica is a major contributor to a surge in black lung disease that’s centered in the Ohio Valley.
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Mine safety agency should do more to protect coal miners in a pandemic, oversight office finds

Mine safety agency should do more to protect coal miners in a pandemic, oversight office finds

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has not done enough to protect coal miners during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from an oversight agency released Tuesday.
Coal company Rhino Resource Partners files for bankruptcy

Coal company Rhino Resource Partners files for bankruptcy

Kentucky-based coal company Rhino Resource Partners LP filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday.
Ohio Valley coal companies get tens of millions in paycheck protection loans

Ohio Valley coal companies get tens of millions in paycheck protection loans

Five subsidiaries of Lexington, Kentucky’s bankrupt Blackhawk Mining received loans totalling as much as $14 million.
Federal agency to hear comment on silica dust as black lung epidemic rages

Federal agency to hear comment on silica dust as black lung epidemic rages

The Mine Safety and Health Administration will host a public meeting Thursday as it considers action on regulating respirable silica, one of the major contributors to Appalachia’s skyrocketing rates of black lung disease.
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