Ending Black Lung Forever?

On April 23rd, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA, passed a long awaited rule that will lower the amount of respirable coal dust in all U.S. underground coal mines.  The new standard reduces dust levels from 2 miligrams per cubic meter to 1.5 miligrams per cubic meter.  This new standard aims to reduce […]

Eula Hall Fights for Mud Creek Medicine

Eula Hall from Mud Creek in Floyd County, KY is nationally recognized for a lifetime fighting for the rights of mountain people, especially for access to good health care. Eula and the Mud Creek Clinic she founded are the subject of a new book by Kiran Bhatrajn. In December 2013, Eula and Kiran visited Appalshop […]

Riding with the UMWA in a Fight for Healthcare

For several months now, buses full of retired UMWA miners from all over the country have regularly converged upon St. Louis for protests against Peabody Energy and Arch Coal.  Peabody and Arch transferred responsibility for the guaranteed lifetime health and pension benefits owed to some 22,000 miners, retired miners, and their families into a third […]

Andrea Salina:”Citizens Against Spinoff Companies’ Immoral Tactics”

Andrea Salina came home to north central West Virginia to raise her children. She found a community suffering the devastation of a boom and bust coal economy including the recent bankruptcy of Peabody’s Patriot Coal. “Nothing is sadder than watching your father, after investing more than 40 years in Peabody Coal, open with shaking hands […]