McGarvey, coal miner advocates renew push to ease burden of proof for black lung benefits

BY: - December 14, 2023

Kentucky’s lone Democrat in Congress is joining a renewed push to expand benefits for coal miners suffering from black lung and their families and to ease the burden of seeking such benefits.  Rep. Morgan McGarvey of Louisville during a Wednesday afternoon press conference with coal miner advocates from several states said he’s introducing the Relief […]

Lawsuit alleges federal agencies failing to protect ‘imperiled’ crayfish, darter from coal mining impacts

BY: - November 10, 2023

Two environmental advocacy groups are suing federal agencies for allegedly failing to implement conservation protections for hundreds of coal mines, including those in Eastern Kentucky, whose discharges into waterways could harm endangered and threatened aquatic life.   Appalachian Voices and the Center for Biological Diversity, in a lawsuit filed in federal district court Wednesday, alleged hundreds […]

A statue of a coal miner stands in front of a plaque in Providence, Kentucky.

Two words rarely heard on Kentucky’s campaign trail: Climate change

BY: - November 4, 2023

PROVIDENCE — Walking through a bathhouse at what until a few years ago was Webster County’s last operating coal mine is not just a moment for Tony Felker to revisit memories. It is also a window into a way of life that he recognizes is disappearing. Felker is quick to rattle through the nearly four […]

Second worker dies trapped in collapsed coal-preparation plant in Martin County

BY: - November 3, 2023

The second of two workers who were trapped inside a collapsed coal preparation plant in Martin County has died.  Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear in a Friday afternoon post on the social media platform X confirmed the death. The Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper had identified the second worker as 57-year-old Alvin Nees, who had been missing after […]

Search continues for man missing in collapsed coal plant in Eastern Kentucky

BY: - November 2, 2023

The search for a worker missing in the collapse of an idle coal-preparation plant is moving into a new phase as rescuers who have been combing through the wreckage now plan to use heavy equipment to remove debris, emergency officials said Thursday. One worker, pinned under a metal beam, died Wednesday after being found by […]

One confirmed dead in collapse of idle coal prep plant in Martin County

BY: - November 1, 2023

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency in Martin County Wednesday morning after an idle coal preparation plant collapsed on two people who had been working inside, killing at least one of them.   A Kentucky Emergency Management release Wednesday identified the collapsed building as the Martin Mine Prep Plant near Middlefork Wolfe Creek […]

Two canvassers stand in front of doorways getting the word out about LG&E and KU's power proposal.

Organizers out to help shape power generation in Kentucky for decades

BY: - August 21, 2023

On a recent August weekend, canvassers walked along a neighborhood street in West Louisville, cars and semi-trucks roaring down the nearby interstate just a few hundred feet away. Chase Smith with the progressive grassroots organization Kentuckians for the Commonwealth knocked on each door, asking people if they “have a couple of seconds to talk about […]

Advocates for coal miners say MSHA’s proposed silica dust rule needs teeth

BY: - August 8, 2023

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is hosting a public comment hearing in Beckley on Thursday on a proposed rule that could strengthen silica exposure standards — one of the leading causes of black lung — for coal miners. The proposed rule would, for the first time, implement a separate exposure limit for silica […]

$1 billion solar project planned on former Starfire coal mine in Eastern Kentucky

BY: - July 25, 2023

KNOTT COUNTY — It was a little over five years ago when Philip Marsh looked over the thousands of acres of reclaimed strip mine land he owned near the Knott County line and wouldn’t have a clue what would come of it. The Eastern Kentucky mountaintops that Marsh owned, now pastures after decades of coal […]

New rule aims to limit miners’ silica dust exposure but still relies on coal company self-oversight

BY: - July 17, 2023

Correction: This story previously stated the Mine Safety and Health Administration was not holding a hearing on the new silica dust proposal close to Appalachian coal communities. MSHA announced Thursday it had added a hearing in Beckley, West Virginia on Aug. 10. We regret the error. Gary Harriston, 69, compares what it feels like to […]

EPA proposal could bring more scrutiny to toxic coal ash ponds, landfills in Kentucky

BY: - July 11, 2023

More ponds, landfills and impoundments in Kentucky containing the toxic byproducts of burning coal for electricity could come under federal oversight for water monitoring and cleanup under a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The EPA is seeking comment on the proposal from stakeholders and the public in an online hearing Wednesday and is […]

Toyota to buy power from planned Martin County solar installation on former surface coal mine

BY: - May 24, 2023

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota says it plans to purchase 100 megawatts of power from a 200-megawatt solar installation in Martin County being built on a former surface coal mine and brownfield site.   Toyota in a Wednesday news release stated the multi-billion-dollar company would use the solar power to offset some of its carbon emissions. Toyota […]