MN&WR: July News Roundup

This episode features a July news roundup of some of the top stories from the Ohio Valley ReSource and the Public News Service. Listen to hear about pesticides and bees, water quality in the Ohio Valley, the energy sector’s switch from coal to natural gas and what that means for the environment, and more.   […]

Mtn. Talk Monday: Black Lung Diagnosis and Healthcare Benefits

In this episode, Dr. Edward Lee Petsonk, a professor of Medicine specializing in Pulmonary and Critical Care at West Virginia University and former leader of the NIOSH Black Lung Program, speaks on the proper diagnosis of black lung disease and navigating applying for related health benefits. In the second half, we revisit the award winning […]

Coal Report for May 10, 2017

Despite President Trump’s promises to put coal miners back to work, Kentucky’s coal industry still saw a loss in coal jobs for the first quarter at a 3.3% drop statewide. According to Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet, eastern Kentucky coal jobs fell 4.6% in the first quarter. However, Kentucky Coal Association president Tyler White said […]

Coal Report for May 3, 2017

The water infrastructure bill which was passed last year through Congress allowed for states to set up their own systems for issuing coal ash disposal permits. However, critics of the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards have said that the regulations have made it more costly and difficult to handle waste from the burning of coal at […]

Coal Report for April 26, 2017

Justice Low Seam Mining Inc., a company owned by West Virginia governor Jim Justice, has been cited in relation to the February 27th death of Jason Kenneth Matthews at the JC “Jim” Justice II Prep Plant in McDowell County. The citations were issued by West Virginia’s Office of Miner’s Health, Safety, and Training. Matthews, age […]

Coal Report for April 19, 2017

  Dennis Fillinger, age 62, of Harts, W. Va. lost his life April 6th to injuries sustained while working underground as section foreman for C K Coal Corporation’s Mine No. 5 in Mingo County in southern West Virginia. On February 23, Fillinger was struck by a piece of rock “approximately 3 feet wide by 2 […]