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  • EPA watchdog investigating toxic mine spill in Colorado

    August 17, 2015 3:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - The inspector general for the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the cause of a massive spill from an abandoned Colorado gold mine that unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into rivers that supply water to at least three states. The inspector general's office said the investigation also... more »
  • EPA: High toxic metal levels after mine spill

    August 13, 2015 2:27 PM

    DURANGO, Colo. - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says significant progress is being made as water quality appears to be improving in a major Southwest river system that was contaminated by millions of gallons of toxic mine sludge. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Thursday that the... more »
  • Ex-CEO of mine that blew up, killing 29, indicted

    November 13, 2014 3:26 PM

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The former CEO who oversaw the West Virginia mine that exploded in 2010, killing 29 people, has been indicted on federal charges related to a mine safety investigation. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said a federal grand jury indicted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Thursday. The... more »
  • Anger, grief swell in Turkey after 274 coal miners die

    May 14, 2014 9:52 AM

    SOMA, Turkey - High gas concentrations have brought rescue operations to a halt inside a coal mine in western Turkey following a deadly explosion and fire. So far, the bodies of 274 miners have been recovered. The fate of another 150 remains unclear. Teams are trying to vent carbon dioxide... more »
  • West Virginia mine was doing risky retreat mining

    May 14, 2014 3:37 AM

    WHARTON, W.Va. - The two workers who were killed in an underground coal mine in West Virginia were performing a risky method known as retreat mining. That's where the roof is intentionally collapsed to retrieve more coal. Retreat mining has been going on for generations and is considered standard practice... more »
  • West Virginia mine had history of safety problems

    May 13, 2014 2:50 PM

    WHARTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia coal mine where two miners were killed last night is one of just three mines in the country to have made a federal list of the industry's worst safety offenders. The mine in Wharton was cited for nearly 200 safety violations over the... more »
  • Official: 2 killed at West Virginia coal mine

    May 13, 2014 9:39 AM

    WHARTON, W.V. - State and federal officials say two workers who were trapped when the ground failed at a West Virginia mine with a history of safety violations have died. Officials for federal and state safety agencies say the incident occurred just after 8:45 p.m. Monday at Brody Mine No.... more »
  • Ex-mine official to learn fate in W.Va. blast case

    January 17, 2013 7:09 AM

    BECKLEY, W.Va. - A former superintendent at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine - where an explosion killed 29 - will learn his fate after pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge. Gary May will be sentenced in federal court Thursday. He's cooperating with prosecutors in their ongoing criminal investigation... more »

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