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Miners At Risk Because Of Unpaid And Uncollected Fines

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Miners At Risk Because Of Unpaid And Uncollected Fines

Miners At Risk Because Of Unpaid And Uncollected Fines

Miners At Risk Because Of Unpaid And Uncollected Fines

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The injuries Jack Blankenship sustained after a 300-pound rock pinned him to the ground while working in a coal mine prevent him from sitting for long periods of time or walking far. He says he's in constant pain. Anna Boiko-Weyrauch/NPR hide caption

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The injuries Jack Blankenship sustained after a 300-pound rock pinned him to the ground while working in a coal mine prevent him from sitting for long periods of time or walking far. He says he's in constant pain.

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NPR probes the regulatory loophole that allows mine owners to ignore government regulators and operate unsafe mines. For years, the owners have failed to pay penalties even as workers are injured. Read our full report.