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2010-09-17 11:39:00

JULIAN, W.Va., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) today released the following statement in response to reports and statements from U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) officials that 79 percent of post-accident coal dust samples taken from the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine in Montcoal, WV were non-compliant: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20071031/MASSEYENERGYLOGO ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071031/MASSEYENERGYLOGO ) This...

2010-05-10 14:03:00

RICHMOND, Va., May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship today released a letter sent by certified mail on May 5th to Joe Main, the Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety & Health ("MSHA"). The letter requests that MSHA reverse the agency's practice of requiring the coal industry to turn off dust scrubbers on continuous mining machines. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071031/MASSEYENERGYLOGO ) "We have urged you...

2009-07-24 13:38:23

Coal dust exposure is directly linked to severity of emphysema in smokers and nonsmokers alike, U.S. researchers found. The study findings, reported in the Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, said cumulative exposure to coal mine dust was a highly significant predictor of emphysema severity after accounting for cigarette smoking, age at death and race. Lung tissue analysis corroborated these findings -- the greater the concentration of coal dust in the lungs, the more severe...

2009-07-24 07:09:00

Coal dust exposure is directly linked to severity of emphysema in smokers and nonsmokers alike, according to new research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)."In this study we have shown that coal mine dust exposure is a significant predictor of emphysema severity," said Eileen Kuempel, Ph.D., a senior scientist at NIOSH and lead author of the study.The findings, which were reported in the August 1 issue of the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of...

2008-08-17 18:00:36

A higher percentage of West Virginia coal miners tests positive for black lung disease than the national average. About 13 percent of the state's coal miners who've had chest X- ray screenings are found to have the respiratory ailment, which is caused by exposure to coal dust. The national average is 9 percent, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. West Virginia is the nation's second largest coal producer and usually accounts for up to 25 percent of the...

2008-07-31 15:00:00

By ASHLEY B. CRAIG A mobile unit for free black lung screenings is on the move again after a series of stops in the Kanawha Valley. The mobile clinic that stopped in Kanawha County last week resembles an RV but that's the last similarity. Onboard there is a fully functioning digital and analog X-ray machine and a darkroom to develop X-ray film. The bus is reminiscent of a doctor's office with an antiseptic aroma and sterile decor, but there is no doctor onboard. X-ray films from...

2008-07-25 12:01:00

By Ashley B. Craig, Charleston Daily Mail, W.Va. Jul. 25--CHARLESTON, W.Va.--A mobile unit for free black lung screenings is on the move again after a series of stops in the Kanawha Valley. The mobile clinic that stopped in Kanawha County last week resembles an RV but that's the last similarity. Onboard there is a fully functioning digital and analog X-ray machine and a darkroom to develop X-ray film. The bus is reminiscent of a doctor's office with an antiseptic aroma and sterile...

2006-08-24 14:54:44

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite laws aimed at limiting the amount of coal dust in mines, coal miners are still coming down with 'black lung' or pneumoconiosis, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From March to May of this year, the Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program identified 30 miners with pneumoconiosis out of a total of 328 miners who were screened. Of these, 11 had advanced disease, Dr. V. C. Antao and associates report in the...

2006-05-04 11:40:00

By Jon Hurdle BUCKHANNON, West Virginia -- A combination of lightning and methane likely caused the explosion that led to the deaths of 12 West Virginia coal miners at Sago Mine in January, investigators said on Thursday. Echoing the preliminary findings of mine's owner, International Coal Group, federal and state officials told a public hearing they had ruled out coal dust as the cause and that it was likely an unusually strong lightning strike ignited the highly explosive gas in a sealed...


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