Paul Denounces EPA for Coal Miners’ Week

While officials from the Environmental Protection Agency tour eastern Kentucky to asses the effect of coal mining on residents, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., denounced the agency as an “out of control” bureaucracy that is waging a war the industry. For most of this week, WFPL Environment Reporter Erica Peterson has been following EPA officials […]

New Online Tools Aim to Help Miners Understand Their Rights

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has released new Internet tools to help miners better understand their rights and responsibilities. According to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, miners can’t be discriminated against for raising concerns about workplace safety or requesting MSHA inspections. The new tools include an electronic form for […]

Three Coal Miners Rescued from Bell County Mine

Three miners who were trapped in a Bell County coal mine all day yesterday were rescued last night unharmed. The men were working in James River Coal’s Jellico #1 Mine when rising flood waters trapped them, blocking the exit. Federal, state and coal company officials were at the scene all day, as teams worked to […]

Miners Still Trapped in Eastern Kentucky; Could Be Freed Tonight

Three miners remain trapped in an eastern Kentucky coal mine after flooding, but officials are working to free them. Energy and Environment cabinet spokesman Dick Brown says officials outside the mine have been speaking with the miners on telephones and the prognosis is positive. “We’re very optimistic that the three miners will be brought out […]

Update: Three Trapped In SE Kentucky Coal Mine

Here’s an update from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet: FRANKFORT, Ky. – (June 20, 2011) – Rescuers in Bell County are working to place pumps at the entrance of an underground mine where three miners are trapped due to high water from heavy overnight rains. The Kentucky office of Mine Safety and Licensing, the […]