Former Miner Living in Shadow of Idled Mine Wants Change in Regulations

On this West Virginia Morning, more than 200 mines are idled or not producing coal across central Appalachia. About half of them have been that way for three or more years, avoiding regulatory requirements for mine cleanup.

The Ohio Valley ReSource partnered with the Center for Public Integrity to learn more about how mine operators capitalize on this regulatory loophole.

In the second of two reports, energy and environment reporter Brittany Patterson introduces us to a resident who lives below a coal mine that has been idled for years.

Also on today’s show, Alexander Rosenstein is an orthopedic surgeon and a university professor who lives in Charleston, West Virginia, and in Hawaii. But as much as he loves being a doctor, he also loves spy thrillers -- he grew up enthralled by Ian Fleming’s books about James Bond. Now he’s telling his own spy-thriller stories with his debut novel “Sword of the Kremlin”. It’s set during the Cold War, but with a twist. He spoke to Inside Appalachia Associate Producer Eric Douglas to explain.

And Joey Ryan and Kenneth Patten-gale are the singers, songwriters and guitarists who comprise the modern folk duo The Milk Carton Kids. Their performance of "Mourning In America" is our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

West Virginia Morning is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, which is solely responsible for its content.

Support for our news bureaus comes from West Virginia University, Concord University, and Shepherd University. Our Appalachia Health News project is made possible with support from CAMC and Marshall Health.

West Virginia Morning is produced with help from Caitlin Tan, Jessica Lilly, Kara Lofton, Liz McCormick, Dave Mistich, Brittany Patterson, Eric Douglas, Cory Knollinger, Emily Allen and Roxy Todd.

Our news director is Jesse Wright, our producer is Glynis Board and our host is Teresa Wills.