Jack Spadaro... Jack Spadaro

Mine safety & health and environmental expert Jack Spadaro has dedicated his life to preventing environmental damage from coal mining activities and is among the nation's leading experts on coal waste disposal.

Jack was a young engineer and instructor at West Virginia University's School of Mines, one of the world's top institutions for training mining engineers, when the 1972 Buffalo Creek WV disaster occurred. "Right then," he says, "I made a pledge to dedicate my life to doing whatever I could to prevent this type of thing from happening again."

He has since spent over 38 years in public service, safe-guarding coal miners and their communities from life-threatening environmental and health and safety hazards caused by mining operations.