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2011-03-29 14:39:00

ARLINGTON, Va., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that it will hold a briefing on June 29 to share with the public information gathered during the investigation of the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, W.Va. The briefing will coincide with the one-year anniversary of the start of the underground investigation at the Upper Big Branch Mine and will be held at the National...

2010-10-07 14:04:00

JULIAN, W.Va., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) announced that officials from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) have prevented one of the Company's lead investigators, Dr. Christopher Schemel, from participating in further investigative efforts at UBB. MSHA has indefinitely denied Dr. Schemel underground access to the mine on the grounds that he has not received experienced coal miner training. By contrast, MSHA personnel and others...

2010-07-15 15:49:00

ARLINGTON, Va., July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced a competition for $500,000 in safety and health training grants to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. This grant opportunity covers all underground mines, including both metal/nonmetal and coal mines. The Brookwood-Sago grants program was established through a provision in the Mine Improvement and New Emergency...

2008-10-02 21:00:16

WHEELING - J. Davitt McAteer, a vice president at Wheeling Jesuit University, is getting a national advocacy award from the American Public Health Association. McAteer will be honored later this month in California with the David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health for what the group says are outstanding career-long contributions. The Shepherdstown attorney was a special adviser to Gov. Joe Manchin after the 2006 Sago Mine disaster. He's also a former director of the federal...

2008-10-01 03:00:19

By Anonymous IN RECOGNITION of his outstanding contributions to public health through sciencebased advocacy, J. Davitt McAteer, JD, will receive the 2008 David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health at APHA's 136th Annual Meeting in San Diego. McAteer is an attorney in private practice in Shepherdstown, W. Va., and holds a number of other positions, including serving as director of governmental affairs and legal advisor to Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W. Va. His colleagues...

2008-09-12 18:00:00

By Ken Ward Jr. Chemical plants and other factories would have to report explosions, leaks and other major accidents within 15 minutes, under legislation Gov. Joe Manchin plans to introduce. Manchin plans to push for the change in response to delays by Bayer CropScience in releasing information about the Aug. 28 explosion and fire at the company's Institute chemical plant. The legislation would expand to other industries a 15-minute reporting requirement Manchin instituted for...

2008-09-09 03:00:19

Forty-seven coal miners were killed on the job in 2006, the worst year for mining deaths since 1995. Those deaths, especially the high-profile disaster at Sago Mine in central West Virginia where a dozen miners were killed, pressured Congress to beef up mine safety rules. Now coal executives are complaining that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is being too tough on them, increasing their costs and hurting productivity at a time when demand for coal is increasing....

2008-08-14 00:00:34

By Ken Ward Jr. Three workers were injured Tuesday morning in the second serious accident in less than three months involving trainee miners at an International Coal Group operation in Barbour County, officials said. State and federal inspectors issued orders that essentially shut down the operation. Ronald Wooten, director of the state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, said his agency's "control order" on the mine would not be lifted until he is convinced ICG's miner...

2008-08-05 21:00:17

By Jim Warren, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 5--The daughter of a coal miner killed in the 2006 Darby Mine explosion in Harlan County told federal mining officials in Lexington on Tuesday that her father might have survived if the mine had been equipped with an underground safety chamber. Tracy North, whose father, Paris Thomas, was among five miners lost in the Harlan incident, urged officials with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to push ahead with a proposed...

2008-08-05 18:00:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. _ Up to 14 miners could have survived if airtight emergency refuge chambers had been available in two coal mine disasters in Kentucky and West Virginia two years ago, a lawyer testified at a Mine Safety and Health Administration hearing in Lexington on Tuesday. Attorney Tony Oppegard, representing families of five miners lost in the 2006 Darby LLC Mine explosion in Harlan County, urged MSHA officials to adopt a proposed rule calling for placing the rescue chambers in all...