Kentucky Coal Industry http://wuky.org en State Cuts Back On Mine Inspectors http://wuky.org/post/state-cuts-back-mine-inspectors <p>A budget cut in the state office that inspects the safety of mining sites is forcing a reduction in its staff. Sat, 31 May 2014 21:12:04 +0000 Associated Press 49831 at http://wuky.org State Cuts Back On Mine Inspectors Federal Rule Changes To Help Black Lung Victims http://wuky.org/post/federal-rule-changes-help-black-lung-victims <p class="ap-story-p"><span class="entry-content">CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Changes to federal black lung rules are expected to make it easier for coal miners and their families to obtain benefits.</span> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:57:24 +0000 Associated Press 38092 at http://wuky.org Federal Rule Changes To Help Black Lung Victims Grimes Attacks Obama Administration Over New EPA Coal Regs http://wuky.org/post/grimes-attacks-obama-administration-over-new-epa-coal-regs <p class="ap-story-p"><span class="entry-content">FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is attacking the Obama administration for an EPA ruling that she says will cost coal mining jobs in Kentucky.</span></p><p></p><p class="ap-story-p"><span class="entry-content">Grimes, seeking to replace Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, said Friday that she was "deeply disappointed" by the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to impose stricter limits on carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants.</span></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:23:07 +0000 Associated Press 37866 at http://wuky.org Grimes Attacks Obama Administration Over New EPA Coal Regs James River Shuts Down Coal Production In Ky. http://wuky.org/post/james-river-shuts-down-coal-production-ky <p class="ap-story-p"><span class="entry-content">RICHMOND, Va. -- James River Coal Co. is laying off 525 full-time employees and shutting down production at several mines in eastern Kentucky due to continued weak coal markets.</span></p><p></p><p class="ap-story-p"><span class="entry-content">The Richmond-based company said Monday night the layoffs occurred at operations at the McCoy Elkhorn complex in Pike and Floyd counties, the Bledsoe complex in Leslie and Harlan counties, and the Long Branch Surface mine in London, Ky.</span></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:51:44 +0000 Associated Press 37657 at http://wuky.org James River Shuts Down Coal Production In Ky.