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Why Coal's Recent Slide Makes it Harder to Clean Up its Dirty Past

Because clean-up funds for old mines are tied to revenues from current mining operations, a slow-down in the industry could delay the clean-up of hundreds of abandoned mines in Pennsylvania.

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From West Virginia to the West: A Coal Miner's Story

Third-generation coal miner Daniel Kent Parrish chased a job 1,700 miles across the country to Wyoming—where coal is still king.

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New Coal Mining Rule Targets Water Pollution

The U.S. Department of the Interior is pushing a new rule that would help protect streams from coal-mining pollution. But does it go far enough?

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Your Environment Update for July 23, 2015

The state's largest venemous snake is making a comeback in Pennsylvania.

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Is Coal Mining Bad for Your Health?

A new study finds people are dying at a higher rate in coal-mining counties in West Virginia. Last summer, Jeanine Buchanich—a biostatistician at the University of Pittsburgh—began looking at the problem. Was living in a coal-mining town bad for you?

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Irene, Goodnight: West Virginia Loses A Poet

Irene McKinney- Poet Laureate of West Virginia- died February 4th.

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Defying the Darkness

Our region has a history of mining that goes back hundreds of years.

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With Natural Gas Booming, Coal is at a Crossroads

Coal generates nearly half the electricity in the country, but the emissions it produces make it controversial.

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Author: Coal Mining Past a Strong Argument for Eliminating the Fuel from Our Future

Jim Biggers is the grandson of a southern Illinois coal miner. He's also an outspoken critic of the coal mining industry.

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News Analysis: Study Says Human Costs Outweigh Benefits of Coal Mining In Appalachia

For the last year, a researcher with West Virginia University's Department of Community Medicine has been working on an analysis to

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