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The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station near Page and the affiliated coal mine in Kayenta provided hundreds of jobs in the region for decades before closing down last month, victims of changing economics. But both facilities still face years of shutdown and cleanup operations.

The Navajo Generating Station and its affiliated Kayenta coal mine, now closed, face several years of decommissioning and cleanup as well as the possibility of decades of environmental monitoring of the sites, which closed down for good this fall after a two-year fight over their futures. Read more»

The federal government has approved a proposal that would allow the Four Corners Power Plant to continue operating for another 25 years, while expanding a nearby coal mine that feeds the 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

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA).

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»

Active open pit coal mine seen from Centralia

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»

Joseph A. Main testifies to House Education and the Workforce Committee on 'Learning from the Upper Big Branch Tragedy'

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»

When digging gets underway, the substandard coal will be carried by train from the site in rural Maverick County through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas.

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»

When digging gets underway, the substandard coal will be carried by train from the site in rural Maverick County through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas, and across the U.S.-Mexico border where it can be sold. Tracks run about a mile from E.K. Taylor's property Saturday.

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»