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Four Coal Operator CEOs Named for Bluefield Coal Symposium

A formidable lineup of speakers has been assembled for the Bluefield Coal Symposium and this includes four coal operator CEOs comprising: Jimmy Brock, CONSOL Energy; Mike Quillen, Founder & Retired CEO, Alpha Metallurgical Resources; Randall W. Atkins, Ramaco Resources; and John Schroder, Metinvest-United Coal. There are also two government leaders, Christopher J. Williamson, Assistant Secretary of Labor, MSHA; and Dr. Stephen G. Sawyer, Director, NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Center. 

Jimmy Brock

Mike Quillen


Randall Atkins

John Schroder

Christopher Williamson

Dr. Stephen G. Sawyer

The list doesn’t end here and representing other organizations are CEOs and Vice Presidents of no less than six mining associations comprising: Michelle Manook, Chief Executive, FutureCoal (formerly World Coal Association); Ben Beakes, President, Metallurgical Coal Producers Association; Paul Krivocuka, VP of Health and Safety, National Mining Association; David Kanagy, Executive Director & CEO, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Inc; Michelle Bloodworth, President & CEO, America’s Power; and Chris Hamilton, President & CEO, West Virginia Coal Association. In addition, there are numerous other well-known industry personalities, who will be speaking.

“The American coal industry makes a direct $40 billion economic contribution to the Nation each year and there are 68,179 employees at coal mines, including contractors, with both direct and indirect workers totaling 324,800,” said Bill Reid, Chair of the Symposium and Managing Editor of CoalZoom.com. “We have brought together an amazing group of speakers so that all questions on the future of the American coal industry can be answered. Thus, we can understand the way forward. This will certainly be an iconic meeting which is now drawing attendees from every coalfield.”

To continue reading, click here to view the full article on CoalZoom.com. 

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CORESafety Warning: Hearing Damage and Loss in Mining Work

The mining industry is one of the top industries when it comes to the highest frequency of hazardous noise.

Due to this noise exposure, miners can experience hearing damage and hearing loss at a consistent rate.

One out of four miners—this includes all types of mining—currently has hearing issues already, and by retirement age, four out of every five miners will be hearing impaired.

The NIOSH Hearing Loss Simulator is a useful software training and communication tool for learning how noise might affect your hearing.

It allows users or trainers to demonstrate the effects of noise exposure on hearing without experiencing an actual noise-induced hearing loss.

It displays a "control panel" for playing sounds while adjusting the simulated effects of noise and aging.

A simulated individual's age (in years) can be entered along with the years of exposure to noise (in A-weighted decibels).

The effects are shown visually on the frequency and control panel and sound level display screen while the user listens to the audio playback.

To access the Hearing Loss Simulator, click here.

To continue reading, click here to view the full article on CoalZoom.com.

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Stay Safe This Summer When Working in Hot Mining Conditions

Heat stress is a real danger in mining. Without proper prevention strategies, exposure to heat can lead to several serious outcomes, such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and organ damage. Some research also suggests a link between heat exposure and an increased risk for worker injuries, such as slips, trips, and falls. Mine workers are experiencing an increase in dangerous health effects from heat exposure as surface temperatures get hotter and underground mines get deeper.

To help mine workers stay safe while on the job this summer, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers resources for employers and workers to help tackle working in extreme heat and hot mine settings.

Who Is At Risk?

Any mine worker who is exposed to hot and humid conditions is at risk for a heat-related illness. Additionally, miners who are new to the job or not fully acclimatized, 65 years of age or older, are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take certain medications are at greater risk for a heat-related illness.

“Reducing heat stress and preventing heat-related illnesses is vital for both employers and workers, especially when summer temperatures peak and exposure to hot mine environments are part of the job,” said Kristin Yeoman, M.D., medical officer in NIOSH’s Spokane Mining Research Division. 

To continue reading, click here to view the full article on CoalZoom.com.  

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Wyoming Legislators Want Gordon To Call Special Session To Fight Biden Coal Rule

Wyoming State Rep. Mark Jennings, R-Sheridan, is spearheading an effort to gather signatures of state legislators to urge Gov. Mark Gordon to call a special session to help the state better fight President Joe Biden’s new proposed ban on coal production.

The purpose of the special session would be for the Wyoming Legislature to dedicate money to hire outside legal representation to fight the new BLM rule that would end coal production in Wyoming's energy-rich Powder River Basin by 2041.

The May 16 order from the Biden administration came out of the BLM’s Buffalo Field Office as a result of a 2022 order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana in Billings.


State Reps. Mark Jennings, top, and John Bear, bottom, are among those pushing to have Gov. Mark Gordon call a special session to fight the Biden administration's 2041 coal rule.

Photo: Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily

While Gordon has not yet filed any litigation on behalf of Wyoming on this rule, he has sued over other administration actions to curb coal.

In his letter, Jennings writes that by being proactive on the matter, Wyoming can possibly fight off federal regulation that will likely have a large negative effect on Wyoming’s economy. The Powder River Basin mines supply nearly 50% of America’s electricity.

“After conferring with one another, we believe that there is one path forward suitable to address the seriousness of the situation we find ourselves in,” Jennings’ letter reads. “We would like to be part of the solution by making ourselves available in conjunction with the executive branch.”

To continue reading, click here to view the full article on CoalZoom.com.  

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All MINExpo® Attendees Are Invited to the Bluefield Coal Symposium August 12-14

“All coal people planning to attend MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® are invited to attend the Bluefield Coal Symposium in Princton, WV,” said Bill Reid, Symposium Chair. “There are nearly 6 weeks between these events so those thinking about coming will only be away from their mines and offices for two short periods several weeks apart. Both meetings are most important ones for the coal industry and should not be missed.”


Bill Reid

The one-of-kind Bluefield Coal Symposium has the theme Using U.S. Coal for a Better America. This national event is jointly presented by the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias and CoalZoom.com. The symposium is being held on August 12- 14, 2024 at the Chuck Mathena Center, 1298 Stafford Drive, Princeton, WV. which is a beautiful 930-seat theater with state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities as well as stunning architecture.  

Chuck Mathena Center

The Symposium has four main goals:

    to aid the search for zero accidents
    to lift the spirits of those serving the coal industry and bring everyone together
    to help promote MINExpo INTERNATIONAL®
    to examine the challenges and opportunities for coal

An awesome group of speakers, comprising leaders in the industry from all parts of the country, will present their experiences in achieving greater safety and increased productivity in both underground and surface mining. Over two days, there are three technical sessions, two dinners, and one luncheon.

To continue reading, click here to view the full article on CoalZoom.com. 

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