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Feds approve 25-year extension for mining, burning coal at Navajo plant

Federal officials approved a multi-year deal last week to allow expanded mining of coal on Navajo lands and continued burning of it at the nearby Four Corners Power Plant, along with other measures.... Read more»6

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Senators push reform of black lung program that 'failed' sick miners

U.S. senators are crafting legislation to reform the black lung benefits program, using a series of reports by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News as a guide, Sen. Robert Casey said Monday.... Read more»

Opponents weigh options after border coal mine OK'd

With a plan for an open pit coal mine on the Texas-Mexico border one step closer to being in operation, opponents looking to block the mine are left hoping to win a possible court injunction or an unlikely reversal by the Texas Railroad Commission.... Read more»

Feds step up enforcement of rules to prevent black lung

A federal enforcement blitz targeting coal mines with potentially dangerous levels of dust found a host of violations at more than a dozen sites where conditions left miners at risk for developing black lung disease.... Read more»

Player bows out in Texas fight over Mexican mine

In what the leader of an environmental group said was a surprising and stunning blow to an effort to stop a Mexican company from mining coal on the Texas-Mexico border, an American Indian tribe has backed out of the fight.... Read more»

Border battle brewing in Texas over Mexican mine

A coalition of residents in Eagle Pass, Texas — across the border from the Mexican city of Piedras Negras — is fighting a coal partnership they say is intent on destroying their peaceful way of life.... Read more»