UMWA concerns about West Virginia H.B. 2875

Concerns about West Virginia’s House Bill 2875 are rising due to changes in safety protocols and reductions in the length of apprenticeships. “United Mine Worker’s Association President Cecil E. Roberts voiced concerns over numerous other aspects of the bill in a Feb. 11 press release, including provisions to: No longer permit a miner representative to…

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US DOL: Senior Level Former Coal Company Officials In Kentucky Charged For Defrauding Regulators About Black-Lung Causing Risks To Miners

“United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman announced the charging of an additional former supervisor and safety official from Armstrong Coal, in addition to the eight previous officials charged by a federal grand jury, for conspiracy to defraud an agency of the United States government by deceit, trickery, and dishonest means. “ Read more below in…

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$291 million to Clean Up and Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines

Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has announced that more than $291 million in funds will be distributed to states and tribes in an effort to eliminate dangerous conditions and pollution caused by former coal mining. The most allocated will be going to Wyoming, who is receiving $87,833,889. Click below for the US Department of the…

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Final Rule Governing the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund’s Payment of Medical Benefits Has Been Issued

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has issued a Final Rule governing the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund’s payment of medical benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act. The Final Rule: Adopts modern payment formulas for physicians, hospitals and other providers that are derived from the formulas used in the Medicare program. These formulas are…

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