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House Natural Resources Committee advances miners’ pension and retiree health care bills

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(WASHINGTON, DC) The House Natural Resources Committee today passed HR 934, the Health Benefits For Miners Act, and HR 935, the Miners Pension Protection Act, by unanimous voice votes. The committee action clears the way for these critical bills to be voted on by the full House of Representatives. More Info


A MOVEMENT TO TRANSFORM COAL MINERS INTO BEEKEEPERS IS GREAT NEWS FOR THE PLANET

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AS COAL MINES SHUTTER ACROSS WEST VIRGINIA, A NONPROFIT IS HELPING UNEMPLOYED MINERS AND LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS MAKE MONEY BY RAISING BEES AND SELLING THEIR HONEY. IT’S EXTRA INCOME FOR THEM AND A BIG BONUS FOR LOCAL ECOSYSTEMS.


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.”