UMWA reaches deal with Alpha on Massey plants – by Ken Ward Jr. (Coal Tattoo)

The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) announced today that it has reached collective bargaining agreements with Alpha Natural Resources covering five Central Appalachia coal preparation plants which had previously been owned by Massey Energy. Workers at the plants had been working under the provisions of a previous contract that expired in 1998. “This is … Continue reading

EPA Final Rule for Coal Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ruled this week to curb toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants. The regulation, the most-expensive order aimed at companies being considered by President Barack Obama’s administration, was signed by the agency Dec. 16 and is set to be published as early as today or tomorrow. Industry groups had urged the … Continue reading

Alpha to pay $209 million over coal mine disaster

By Steven Allen Adams | Reuters CHARLESTON, West Virginia (Reuters) – Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources has agreed to pay $1.5 million to each of the families of 29 miners killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia last year. The payments, part of a $209 million settlement of civil … Continue reading

Time to stop Mountain Top Removal as the country phases out of antiquated destructive forms of energy

Credit: Denny Tyler – Edwisght Mine As the EPA gets tough on emissions from power plants that are polluting the air, creating major health problems, and causing untold death and suffering as well as much needed power, we can see a clear reflection of the industry in the destruction of the Appalachians.  The need for … Continue reading

King Coal’s Throne Under Threat

Bloomberg News After a decade of wrangling, new clean-air rules are slated to come into effect in the new year, upending the coal market.U.S. environmental regulations will force power plants to reduce pollution as of Jan. 1. Although the industry is waging an effort to stop the rule’s implementation across 27 states, power plants already … Continue reading


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