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US Mine Safety and Health Administration issues more than 200 violations to 13 mines, 4 in West Virginia (July 24, 2014)
The United States Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced July 24 that federal inspectors issued 186 citations, 25 orders and one safeguard during special impact inspections conducted at 11 coal mines, including four West Virginia mines, and two metal and nonmetal mines in June.
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Surface coal mine near West Virginia forest issued stop work order by state (July 21, 2014)
The Associated Press reported that West Virginia environmental officials have ordered a new surface coal mining operation near Kanawha State Forest to halt some mining.
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US coal railroad delay reflects hurdles for exports in Montana (July 21, 2014)
The Associated Press reported that US coal industry efforts to tap into the growing export market are struggling to gain traction, as bureaucratic hurdles and resistance from environmentalists slow proposed mines in the Northern Plains, ports on the West Coast and now a proposed coal railroad in Montana.
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Senate to Probe Flaws With Black Lung Program (July 21, 2014)
Lawmakers have called a hearing to address concerns that a federal labor program for years may have unfairly denied benefits for coal miners who suffer from black lung disease.
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Pilot project at LG&E plant in central Kentucky would capture, study carbon dioxide emissions (July 21, 2014)
Political leaders and researchers say a new project to capture carbon dioxide at a central Kentucky power plant is a crucial step to continue burning coal for electricity in a time of tougher environmental regulations.
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Underground mine ribs are focus of MSHA’s 2012 roof control campaign.
Rib failure fatalities exceed roof fall deaths for 2nd consecutive year (June 28, 2012)
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Lawyer urges industry 'caution' in talking to MSHA (February 1, 2012)
Coal operators should be more cautious about talking to government mine safety investigators to avoid being ensnared in increased criminal prosecutions in the wake of the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, according to the lawyer who defended a former Massey Energy security director convicted of lying in the disaster probe. 
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MSHA’s Proposed Rule on Proximity Detection Systems on Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines (November 8, 2011)
On November 10, 2011, MSHA will publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing an extension of the comment period on the Agency’s proposed rule addressing Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines.  The comment period will be extended to November 28, 2011.  The notice will be available for viewing on November 9, 2011 at 8:45 a.m. at the Office of the Federal Register, Public Inspection Desk: http://www.federalregister.gov/inspection.aspx  The proposed rule was published on August 31, 2011 (76 FR 54163) and is available on http://www.msha.gov/regsprop.htmand at www.regulations.gov.  Comments on the proposed rule must be received by midnight Eastern Standard Time on November 28, 2011.

US Labor Department’s MSHA to propose rule on proximity detection systems
Technology would help prevent crushing, pinning, striking accidents of miners.  (August 29, 2011) 
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The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that federal inspectors issued 255 citations and orders during special impact inspections conducted at eight coal mines and seven metal/nonmetal mines last month.  (May 31, 2011)
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Mining crackdown could take hit in GOP budget bill.  (February 22, 2011)
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MSHA issues 215 citations, orders at coal mines. (February 17, 2011)

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MSHA creating new district for southern W.Va. (February 15, 2011)
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MSHA proposes to beef up 'pattern-of-violations' rules. (January 31, 2011)
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EPA vetoes Spruce Mine permit.  (January 13, 2011)
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Fee Adjustment for Testing, Evaluation, and Approval of Mining Products. (December 27, 2010)
On December 28, 2010 at 8:45 am, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will place on public inspection at the Federal Register, a notice revising the Agency’s fee schedule for testing, evaluating, and approving mining equipment, as provided in existing 30 CFR Part 5.  The document is available for viewing at:  http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/public-inspection/  The document will be published on December 29, 2010.  The revised fee schedule, effective January 1, 2011, will apply to applications for approval postmarked after that date.

Feds want coal mines to expand scope of exams. (December 22, 2010)
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Pyott-Boone Electronics issued a letter to inform users that Pyott-Boone Carbon Monoxide (CO) monitors may experience false detections when a radio frequency transmitter is transmitting nearby.  (December 21, 2010)
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MSHA Increases Focus on Exposure Monitoring at Metal, Nonmetal Mines (December 21, 2010)
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MSHA initiative highlights dangers related to mobile equipment use in coal mines Shuttle cars and scoops linked to 16 fatalities, nearly 800 injuries since 2000.  (December 14, 2010)
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MSHA asks for preliminary injunction against Freedom Energy Mining Co. (November 3, 2010)
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US Labor Department's MSHA kicks off annual 'Winter Alert' campaign (November 1, 2010)
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MSHA's proposed rules cut dust limits, require personal dust monitors (October 18, 2010)
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Obama push to unclog backlog of contested mine-safety citations is backfiring (October 11, 2010)
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MSHA to hold public meetings to develop proposed rule on safety and health management programs for mines (October 5, 2010)
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Report says MSHA not using its authority (October 1, 2010)
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Labor report assails MSHA (September 30, 2010)
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Inspector general blasts lack of MSHA enforcement (September 29, 2010)
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MSHA takes steps to overhaul 'broken' pattern of violations program (September 28, 2010)
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