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Economy / Kentucky Coal Mines #461363

NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 13, 1972
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(Studio) Judge George Boldt, Pay Bd. chairperson, opposes repeal of controls if it means exceeding present union contract guidelines. Small Kentucky coal miners have not recovered under wage-price controls.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Pikeville, Kentucky) 2000 men, 1/3 cty. work force, unemployed. 141 mines close. For. buyers buy lower grade coal from Canada, Australia, South American Kentucky imposes $.30/ton tax on coal mined in state. Miners can't compete with those from other states. [Mine owner Mark BARTLEY - won't be able to operate at current rate much longer.] 1969 mine safety laws also hurt small mime operators, who can't afford new safety equipment. [Mine owner Ab BAILEY - says coal industry beaten to death by ecology people, politicians, etc. and there is no longer any profit in it.]

Chancellor, John;
Davis, Lou

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