News and Media
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Articles, radio and film:
- June 30, 2010 - "Is the US Falling Behind on Mine Safety?" - April's fatal explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine is a tragic illustration that major mining incidents are still fairly commonplace in the US. Chris Lo asks mine safety consultant Jack Spadaro whether the US mining industry has learned from the mistakes of the past.
- 2008 - Jack Spadaro featured on YouTube:
- February 2005 - "Sludge" - 55 mins. 2005 Appalshop
Review by Steve Fesenmaier, Research Librarian, West Virginia Library Commission [Bibliographies: New and Once Lost Films
on West Virginia and Appalachia]
A documentary about the effects of the Martin County sludge flood in 2000, releasing 10 times more effluent into the environment than the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The film focuses on the reactions of Martin County residents and Jack Spadaro, the long-time mine safety engineer who is now under threat from the Bush Administration for refusing to sign the official report on this disaster. Spadaro is a native West Virginian, working for more than 30 years on coal mine safety in West Virginia, most recently as director of the Mine and Health Safety Academy in Beckley, beginning his career as a mining engineer looking at the Buffalo Creek Disaster.
- January 02, 2005 - "Under Mined" - When a flood of toxic mining sludge wreaked havoc in Appalachia, how did the White House respond? By letting the coal company off the hook and firing the whistleblower.
- April 04, 2004 - "A Toxic Cover-Up?"
- "I had never seen anything so corrupt and lawless in my entire career as what I saw regarding interference with a federal investigation of the most serious environmental disaster in the history of the Eastern United States," says Spadaro.
CBS News - 60 Minutes
- Air Date: November 14, 2003 - Whistleblower Faces the Ax" [11 minute MP3 audio file]. Jack Spadaro, the superintendent of the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in West Virginia, is about to lose his job. That's because he spoke out against federal and industry failures connected to the investigation of one of the largest environmental accidents in Appalachia - the 2000 coal slurry spill along the Kentucky/West Virginia border. Guest host Bruce Gellerman talks with Jack Spadaro about what went wrong with the investigation and the charges against him.
Living on Earth
- November 13, 2003 - "Dirty Business" -
How Bush and his coal industry cronies are covering up one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.
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Jack Spadaro being interviewed prior to receiving the 2004 Chuck Chambers Public Service Award