Howard Berkes en The Turkish Mine Disaster: How Could It Happen? Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has enraged families of the victims of the Soma mine disaster by characterizing mining accidents as "ordinary things."<p>In fact, <a href="">the disaster</a> appears to have ordinary causes familiar to mining experts, who note that well-known precautions exist to prevent the kind of explosion that killed so many in Turkey.<p>"The risk is constant," says Tom Hethmon, a professor of mine safety at the University of Utah and a consultant to Thu, 15 May 2014 19:11:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 48100 at The Turkish Mine Disaster: How Could It Happen? Regulators Couldn't Close U.S. Mine Despite Poor Safety Record The West Virginia mine where two workers were fatally injured on Monday consistently violated federal mine safety laws, but federal regulators say they were unable to shut it down completely.<p>The Mine Safety and Health Administration confirmed that two workers were killed on May 12 when coal and rocks burst from mine walls at Patriot Coal's Brody No. 1 mine in Boone County, W.Va.<p>MSHA says one victim was operating a mining machine and the other was drilling bolts into the roof of the mine, a process that prevents rockfalls. Wed, 14 May 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Howard Berkes & Anna Boiko-Weyrauch 48056 at 2 Die In W.Va. Mine With Troubled Safety Record Two coal miners died in a mine accident in Boone County, W.Va., Monday night, in a mine with a troubled safety record.<p>The accident occurred at the Brody Mine No.1, which is owned by Patriot Coal. In a statement, the company says the deaths were caused by "a severe coal burst as the mine was conducting retreat mining operations."<p>A burst occurs when the downward pressure of the earth sitting above the mine forces coal or rock to shoot out from the rock walls.<p>"Retreat mining" is a dangerous practice that follows the completion of mining of the main coal seam. Tue, 13 May 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Howard Berkes & Anna Boiko-Weyrauch 47990 at Mine Dust Rules Could Slow Production, Coal Mining Companies Say Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The Labor Department has announced new rules to protect coalminers from black lung. Regulations were supposed to eradicate black lung decades ago. Yet when I went to college in Eastern Kentucky's coal mining region, some of my fellow students had fathers who'd been killed by it. Black lung is blamed for 76,000 deaths over 50 years.<p>NPR's Howard Berkes reports how the rules are changing now.<p>HOWARD BERKES, BYLINE: Black lung is a catch-all phrase for diseases that can make a lung look like a shriveled and burned paper bag. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 46883 at U.S. Olympic Committee Plans To Examine Speedskating's Woes For American speedskaters, this Winter Olympics has been defined by controversy over racing suits and disappointment over a lack of podium finishes. Now comes word that the U.S. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:45:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 43317 at U.S. Olympic Committee Plans To Examine Speedskating's Woes Details Emerge About Colorado Mine Accident And Safety Record One of the men killed at the <a href="">Revenue-Virginius mine in Ouray, Colo.</a>, on Sunday was trying to find the other miner who died.<p>New details of the incident from the Mine Safety and Health Administration were released Monday. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:11:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 38331 at More Blame Congress Than Obama For Park Woes During Shutdown It may seem like a distant memory, but the images are indelible: grizzled veterans <a href="">tearing down barricades</a> at the National World War II Memorial; armed rangers <a href="">blocking national park entrance roads</a> with massive signs and government SUVs; and county officials in Utah <a href=" Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 38287 at More Blame Congress Than Obama For Park Woes During Shutdown 2 Summer Olympic Cities Are Chasing The 2022 Winter Games With the <a href="">upcoming Winter Olympics</a> set in a subtropical, palm tree-lined resort city on Russia's Black Sea, it's no surprise that two former Summer Olympics hosts are now seeking the 2022 Winter Games.<p><a href="">Beijing</a>, host of the 2008 Summer Games, must miss the Olympic glow — or polluting murky mist, as it turned out to be, given its formal bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 38175 at 2 Summer Olympic Cities Are Chasing The 2022 Winter Games House Lawmakers Seek Federal Probe Of Black Lung Program Two Democratic congressmen have <a href="">formally asked the Labor Department's Inspector General</a> to investigate "allegations of misconduct by doctors and lawyers working on behalf of the coal industry" and their roles in the denials of benefits for coal miners stricken with black lung disease.<p>In their letter, Rep. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:14:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 37794 at Johns Hopkins Halts, Reviews Black Lung Program <a href="">Johns Hopkins Medicine</a> says it will suspend and review its black lung program, following joint investigative reports last week from the <a href="">Center for Public Integrity</a> and <a href="">ABC News</a> that found the program "helped coal companies thwart efforts by ailing mine workers to receive disability benefits. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 19:32:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 37531 at