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US DOL: Senior Level Former Coal Company Officials In Kentucky Charged For Defrauding Regulators About Black-Lung Causing Risks To Miners

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“United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman announced the charging of an additional former supervisor and safety official from Armstrong Coal, in addition to the eight previous officials charged by a federal grand jury, for conspiracy to defraud an agency of the United States government by deceit, trickery, and dishonest means. ”

Read more below in the US DOLs News release:
https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/msha/msha20190227


$291 million to Clean Up and Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines

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Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has announced that more than $291 million in funds will be distributed to states and tribes in an effort to eliminate dangerous conditions and pollution caused by former coal mining. The most allocated will be going to Wyoming, who is receiving $87,833,889.

Click below for the US Department of the Interiors News Release.
https://www.osmre.gov/resources/newsroom/News/2019/031919_AMLdistribution.pdf

Click below to see an article on it pertaining to IN.
https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/indiana-gets-8.1m-to-clean,-repurpose-old-coal-mines.php


Thousands Of Coal Miners Dying From Advanced Form Of Black Lung Disease Which Could Have Been Prevented, Investigation Finds

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“In an investigatory piece conducted jointly with the PBS investigative series FrontlineNPR (1/22, Berkes) reports, “Thousands of coal miners are dying from an advanced form of black lung disease, and federal regulators could have prevented it if they had paid closer attention to their own data.” 


DOL: “U.S. Mining Fatalities in 2018 Were Second Lowest on Record”

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On January 9, 2019 the Mine Safety & Health Administration of the Department of Labor reported that 2018 was the second lowest year on record for U.S. mining fatalities. Click here to be directed to the News Release.


NPR: “Calls For Change Follow NPR/Frontline Black Lung Investigation”

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NPR will speak more about their co-investigation with Frontline during their 3 pm (central) broadcast of “All Things Considered”. Here is a link to the continuation of their investigation and what its impact may be. NPR reports that due to

Tonight, Frontline will also premier the documentary Coal’s Deadly Dust which will air on PBS January 22, 2019. Click here to be linked to the trailer, featuring our very own Dr. Robert Cohen.