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A Failure to Report

At the beginning of October, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a press release declaring that the agency’s reforms related to pattern of violations (PoV) had made mines safer. As the stepped-up PoV program nears its second anniversary, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joe Main called it a game changer for the culture of mine safety and health.

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Finding Ways to Work Together

By Steve Fiscor

The state of Oregon's decision to reject a critical permit for the planned Morrow Pacific coal export terminal caught many by surprise last month (see Breaking News, p. 4). Coal Age has reported on this project regularly since its inception. Clark Moseley and his team at Morrow Pacific demonstrated that the project would meet Oregon's high standards of doing business while protecting the environment. It had already received three permits to date from the state of Oregon. In the end, however, an administrator succumbed to pressure from a handful of environmental groups.

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EPA Policies Hit Home in West Virginia

By Steve Fiscor

At the end of July, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed to host hearings in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. to discuss President Barack Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which limits carbon dioxide from existing coal-fired power plants. These meetings were scheduled after the agency was berated for not hosting hearings in the regions most affected by its decisions. While none of these locations would be considered the heart of coal country, all of them were close enough for coal miners and the people who understand their importance to the U.S. economy to stage rallies and make sure their voices were heard.

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Skeptics Gather in Las Vegas

By Steve Fiscor

During early July, the Heartland Institute hosted the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC) in Las Vegas. A total of 64 speakers - mostly scientists, economists and policy experts from around the world who are skeptical about the claims of global warming alarmists - gave presentations. These professionals and many others, including the Heartland Institute, think the threat of man-made global warming is being overblown. These are the scientists supporting our business.

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Mistakenly Marginalized

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its sweeping guidelines to cut carbon emissions on June 2 (See News, p. 4), few if any people outside the energy sector heard the message or even understood the implications. The announcement was overshadowed by a prisoner exchange and the scandal with the VA hospitals. The big story in the business world that day was the unveiling of Apple’s latest technology at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

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