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  • Civil Penalties Special Report

    In an unprecedented joint partnership investigation that took approximately three years, Mine Safety and Health News (MSHN) and National Public Radio (NPR) found that mining companies in the U.S. failed to pay $70 million in delinquent mine safety penalties - most for years, some for decades, and that these delinquent mine operators had accident rate 50% higher than mine operators who paid their fines. These companies: defied federal court orders to pay; committed 131,000 violations; reported nearly 4,000 injuries. The joint investigation of MSHN and NPR exposed a loophole in federal regulation, and lax enforcement that places U.S. miners at risk. The result was a special report by Mine Safety and Health News, and a series of radio stories by NPR that provided the foundation to challenge and change mine safety law in the U.S.
  • Delinquent Mines

    In a joint investigation, NPR and Mine Safety and Health News found that American coal and mineral mining companies that had failed to pay $70 million in delinquent mine safety penalties - most for years, some for decades, and some while defying federal court orders to pay - committed 131,000 violations, reported nearly 4,000 injuries and had an injury rate 50% higher than mines that paid their penalties, exposing a loophole in federal regulation and enforcement that places miners at risk.
  • Massey Mine Explosion Investigation

    Immediately following a deadly mine explosion in West Virginia, CBS News began digging through records from the Mine Safety and Health Administration and found the mine had a shoddy safety record. In fact, on the day of the explosion, the mine's owner, Massey Energy, was cited for violating two federal safety rules.
  • The Mine Disaster

    Following a mining accident that killed 29 workers in West Virginia, the Gazette examines the safety record of the mine and the failure of the oversight agencies to prevent similar accidents. The investigation revealed that the reforms put into place in 2006 had not done enough to prevent an accident from occurring.
  • Too much time, Too few answers

    The Crandall Canyon min in Huntington, Utah collapsed, killing six miners and a subsequent cave-ion took the lives of three rescuers. The event was blamed on a mine bounce, when pressure from the roof causes the thick coal pillars supporting the roof to explode. Several months earlier in March a major bounce occurred 900 feet from where the collapse in August happened, and it was never reported to federal mine regulators. Mining experts wondered why the federal regulators approved the original mine plan to begin with.
  • A matter of safety: Utah's Coal Mines

    "Despite a long history of mine disasters, Utah coal mines still consistently and repeatedly break even the most essential of safety rules."
  • Mine Dangers/Mine Safety

    This series on mine safety by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette uncovered several problems: with training, mine seals, ventilation, airpacks and fire suppression systems. Reporters Roddy and Twedt found out that the Mine Safety and Health Administration "narrowed its definition of work-related deaths, making its annual death tally artificially low and allowing them to declare that mining was safer than ever."
  • Beyond Sago: Coal Mine Safety in America

    "Nearly 40 years after passage of the federal coal mine safety law, U.S. coal miners continue to die on the job because of widespread violations by coal companies and lax regulation by the government. And, while explosions and mine fires draw media and political attention, most coal miners die alone, one by one in roof falls and machinery accidents that could have been avoided if the operators they worked for complied with existing laws."
  • Mining For Dollars

    This investigation exposed waste and negligence in the Arizona State Mine Inspector's office. Employees were found using state cars for personal trips, exploiting the travel budget (including a 10 person trip to Reno for a conference that was not pertinent to most of them) and not performing inspections. One inspector had not performed a single inspection in 2005 as of story's broadcast.
  • An air that kills: How the asbestos poisoning of Libby, Montana, uncovered a national scandal

    This book reveals the events behind the asbestos-related deaths of hundreds of miners and their family members and the related sicknesses of thousands of others who lived near the W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine. The investigation documents how company officials knew for decades that the ore from the mine was dangerous but still they concealed the hazard. The authors also show how the federal government had known of the poisonings but had failed to disclose the problem.