TECO Energy owns a number of underground and surface mines in Eastern Kentucky. These mines currently produce 7 million tons of coal per year, but the company boasts on its website that expansion plans are ongoing for production of 8 to 10 million tons of coal per year.
All of TECO Energys mines are nonunion. All but one of the miners killed in U.S. coal mines this year were working in mines where they did not have a union to defend safety conditions on the job in face of the company drive to maximize production and profits.
In addition to the deaths in the coal mines, three mineworkers at rock and gravel operations have also been killed on the job, bringing the total deaths in U.S. mining operations this year to 23.
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