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MSHA plans public hearings on safety rules

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration says it's holding four public hearings next month on two sets of proposed rules. Full story

Families of Ky. miners killed sue coal company

The families of two coal miners killed in a roof collapse in 2010 in western Kentucky sued the mine operator on Monday, saying production was emphasized over safety at the Dotiki mine, which had been cited hundreds of times for safety violations. Full story

MSHA says March inspections net 134 violations

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said it issued 134 citations during its latest round of inspections targeting problem mines. Full story

Judge upholds fine against Quecreek Mine owner

An administrative judge has reiterated his ruling that the owner of the Quecreek Mine should pay a $55,000 fine for "gross negligence" that caused nine miners to be trapped underground for 77 hours when faulty maps led them to dig into a flooded, abandoned mine next to theirs. Full story

48 coal mine deaths in 2010 is worst since 1992

The U.S. coal industry had its deadliest year in nearly two decades in 2010, with much of the death toll stemming from a single explosion. Full story

W. Va. blast: Coal firm had worst safety record

Despite its claims that its safety record was “average,” no coal company had a worse fatality record than Massey Energy Co., an analysis by American University finds. Full story

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25 Miners Dead, 3 Unaccounted For In West Virgina Mine Explosion
25 Miners Dead, 3 Unaccounted For In West Virgina Mine Explosion

MONTCOAL, WV - APRIL 08: West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin and Joe Main , of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, talk during a press conference on April 8, 2010 in Montcoal, West Virginia. The search for three unaccounted miners has been suspended due to dangerous gasses trapped undergrou