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EPA should have considered costs of air rule sooner, court says

A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court said today that the federal Environmental Protection Agency should have considered costs before it decided to regulate hazardous air pollutant emissions from coal-fired power plants, not just when determining...

Meeting highlights efforts to help coalfields

ANSTED -- A team of Obama administration officials visited West Virginia this week to promote new programs and proposals to help struggling mining communities and hear about ongoing efforts by a variety of local groups to diversify coalfield economies....

Report details path to clean energy for WV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia could improve energy efficiency, expand renewable generation of electricity and increase its reliance on natural gas as part of an “all-of-the-above” plan to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection ...

Court rules against Murray, Morrisey on EPA greenhouse proposal

A federal appeals court has turned down legal challenges filed by Murray Energy and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey over the Obama administration’s proposed rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

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OSM wants National Academy of Sciences to study mining health effects
OSM wants National Academy of Sciences to study mining health effects

The federal Office of Surface Mining plans to recommend that the National Academy of Sciences review a series of studies that have found that residents living near mountaintop removal mining operations face increased risks of serious illnesses and...

Prosecutors join Blankenship in seeking trial delay

Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Don Blankenship late Friday joined in a motion asking that the former Massey Energy CEO’s criminal trial be delayed until mid-October.

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UMW chief warns of tough times for coal miners

United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts warned his union’s members Wednesday the coal industry’s ongoing troubles represent “fundamental changes” in world energy markets, not just the downward part of the type of boom-...

New EPA water rule continues coal industry exemption

A new Obama administration rule that defines what waterways receive pollution protection is being criticized by a variety of industries and their political supporters, and praised as a remarkable...

WVU researcher: Coal decline will continue, even without EPA carbon rules

West Virginia’s coal production decline will continue in coming years, even if the Obama administration’s proposal to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from power plants is withdrawn or defeated, according to a West Virginia University...

WVU researcher: Coal decline will continue, even without EPA carbon rules

West Virginia’s coal production decline will continue in coming years, even if the Obama administration’s proposal to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from power plants is withdrawn or defeated, according to a West Virginia University...

Court says records about WVU mining health research protected

West Virginia does not have an “academic freedom” exemption to its public records law, but certain documents about a former university researcher’s examination of mountaintop removal mining’s impacts on public health are...

Patriot Coal files Chapter 11 — again

Patriot Coal on Tuesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying the company is trying to come up with another reorganization plan less than two years after emerging from a previous court-supervised financial makeover.

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