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America’s largest private coal miner files for bankruptcy

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The slow death of the American coal industry has forced Murray Energy, the largest private coal miner in the United States, to file for bankruptcy protection Tuesday. Murray Energy’s bankruptcy has been telegraphed for years. More Info


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.



Coal Miners To Demand Congress Restore Full Black Lung Benefits Tax -NPR

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“Dozens of coal miners are expected on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, where they’ll press federal regulators and members of Congress to address the epidemic of deadly progressive massive fibrosis, the advanced stage of black lung disease.

They’ll ask lawmakers to fully restore a coal excise tax that pays for medical care and some living expenses for miners diagnosed with black lung, a crippling disease caused by the inhalation of coal and silica dust. The tax was cut more than 50% at the end of last year. It supports the federal Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, which is more than $4 billion in debt.”
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https://www.npr.org/2019/07/23/743152782/coal-miners-to-demand-congress-restore-full-black-lung-benefits-tax