Why 25,000 Coal Miners Diagnosed With Black Lung Could Lose Federal Help Paying for Treatment

The roughly 25,000 retired coal miners that rely on federal support for their black lung treatments have enough to worry about without fretting that government leaders won’t maintain an excise tax that finances their treatment fund. And yet, the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, which was established in 1978 and finances workers’ black lung disease […]

Majority Of U.S. Coal Plants Contaminating Groundwater With Toxic Chemicals, Report Finds

Most U.S. coal plants are contaminating nearby groundwater with toxic chemicals, including arsenic, lithium, and chromium, a new analysis by environmental groups released Monday found. The report, published by the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice, found that 91% of U.S. coal-fired power plants (or 242 of the 265 plants that monitor groundwater) were contaminating the […]

China Restricts Australian Coal Imports in Likely Retaliation to Huawei 5G Ban

A major port in northern China has reportedly banned coal imports from Australia — in a sign that Beijing may be flexing its economic muscles and warning nations not to bar its next-generation wireless technology. The indefinite coal restrictions at Dalian started this month and are part of an overall plan to cap imports into […]