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Blankenship Conviction Causes Concern for Coal and Other Dangerous Industries

Blankenship Conviction Causes Concern for Coal and Other Dangerous Industries

The United States Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a convicted coal baron Don Blankenship, who served a year in prison for violating mine safety standards. Coal groups had expressed their concerns over zealous prosecutions for unforeseen workplace disasters.

What is Criminal Behavior? Coal Groups Want to Know

What is Criminal Behavior? Coal Groups Want to Know

The Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia Coal Associations have filed amicus briefs asking the Fourth Circuit of Appeals to consider their views in support of Don Blankenship. While laying out their argument, the coal associations say explicitly that they do not wish to address the specifics of the former coal barons case; rather, they feel that criminal law has been misapplied here — that government could tag anyone with a crime if it searched long and hard enough.

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Soot Rules, Energy Manufacturing Act, EU Environment Plan

The EPA has sent its final version of soot rules to the White House for review yesterday. The agency said it expects to meet a court-ordered deadline of December 14 to strengthen Clean Air Act rules regarding the air quality standards for fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), The Hill said. … Read more »