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Over 200 workers claim their health was destroyed by Tennessee coal ash spill cleanup 28 March 2018

The Kingston coal fly ash slurry spill occurred on December 22, 2008, when an ash dike ruptured at a solid waste containment area at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant in Roane County, Tennessee. More than 4 million cubic metres of coal fly ash slurry was released, covering more than one square kilometre of the surrounding land....

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UK Government rejects proposed opencast coal project 26 March 2018

UK Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has thrown out plans to develop a new opencast coal mine at Highthorn near Druridge Bay, 35km north of Newcastle, even through they were approved by Northumberland County Council in 2016. Javid said his decision took account of all material considerations, including the potential environmental impacts of the scheme....

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Missouri University of Science and Technology team to study blast-induced brain injuries 16 February 2018

The Experimental Mine at Missouri S&T is known to many as the site of a popular summer Explosives Camp for high school students, and for its designation by Popular Science magazine as the country’s “coolest lab.”...

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OECD urges developed countries to impose more effective climate change taxes 15 February 2018

Energy taxes in major advanced economies are not doing enough to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift towards low-carbon sources, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on February 14. In its Taxing Energy Use 2018 report, the OECD concluded that only 0.3% of emissions are taxed at a level that is equitable to the cost to the environment....

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Former US coal company CEO, jailed for deadly mine explosion, to run for Senate seat 22 January 2018

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, sentenced in 2016 to one year in prison on a conviction stemming from the deadliest US mine explosion in four decades, has announced he will launch a campaign to wrest the West Virginia US senate seat currently held by moderate Democrat Joe Manchin....

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Burning of fossil fuels hits record high in 2017 - report 13 November 2017

The 12th annual Global Carbon Budget report published on November 13, produced by 76 of the world’s leading emissions experts from 57 research institutions, estimates that global carbon emissions from fossil fuels will have risen by 2% by the end of 2017. The new analysis estimates that 37bn tonnes of CO2 will be emitted from burning fossil fuels, the highest total ever....

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Romania suffers two fatal coal mine incidents in October 06 November 2017

On October 30, an underground explosion at the Uricani coal mine in Western Romania killed one and injured three others. This is the second mine accident in Romania in a month: a gallery ceiling collapsed at the Lupeni coal mine on October 5 leaving two miners dead and one injured....

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US study finds power from coal up to 100 times more toxic than shale gas 26 October 2017

The lifetime toxic chemical releases associated with coal-generated electricity are 10 to 100 times greater than those from electricity generated with natural gas obtained via fracking, according to a new University of Michigan study. In their lifecycle impact assessment, the researchers used Pennsylvania as the point of origin for both shale gas and coal, since both are abundant in the state....

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US mining deaths down to record low in 2016 25 August 2017

According to data compiled by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), part of the US Department of Labor, 25 miners died in work-related accidents in 2016 against 29 in 2015. This is the lowest number of mining deaths ever recorded in the country and only the second year that mining deaths dropped below 30. ...

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Putin pardons imprisoned director of Russian mine where 110 were killed in 2007 mine disaster 24 August 2017

In mid-August, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to pardon the former director of the Ulyanovskaya coal mine, who was sentenced to six years in prison in 2015 by the Novokuznetsk District Court for violating security rules in explosive areas. Several others were also sentenced to terms of imprisonment following the 2007 incident, the worst mining disaster in Russia for at least 50 years....

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