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Study Reviews Ways to Control Dust Coal Miners Breathe

A new report examines the way coal dust inhaled by miners is regulated as health and safety officials grapple with an increase in cases of severe black lung disease in Appalachia. The National Academy of Sciences report released Thursday explores …

Study Finds Hundreds of Black Lung Cases in Appalachia

A new research letter published in a medical journal details hundreds of cases of black lung disease in the Central Appalachian coalfields. Three clinics in southwestern Virginia identified 416 coal miners with the disease from January 2013 to February 2017, …

Rules Protecting Coal Miners’ Dust Exposure to be Reviewed

Three years after the Obama administration lowered the allowable limits for miners’ exposure to coal dust, the Trump administration has brought the standards up for review. Federal mining regulators indicated Thursday that they are reconsidering rules meant to protect underground …

New Coal Dust Rules Aimed at Reducing Black Lung Disease Take Effect Next Year

Alarmed that black lung disease routinely goes unreported decades after it was discovered among miners, federal mine safety officials are touting new regulations that will step up monitoring for the coal dust that causes the deadly disease. Beginning Feb. 1, …

Miner Conference to Focus on Health and Safety

A one-day conference in Lexington, Ky., will focus on the health and safety of Appalachian coal miners. Researchers, government officials, industry representatives and safety professionals are attending the Central Appalachian Regional Work Safety and Health Symposium. Topics at the Aug. …

Black Lung Rules Delayed by U.S. Regulators

Action on key federal mine safety and health rules are is lagging, including a rule aimed at lowering exposure to coal dust that causes deadly black lung disease. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration was expected to issue the …

Systems to Protect Miners From Black Lung Failing

Black lung diagnoses have doubled in the last decade, and a new investigation blames a combination of factors, including operators who cheat the system and lax enforcement by regulators. Experts have warned of the resurgence since 1995, but an investigation …

Black Lung Disease Rising Again Among Miners

Black lung disease, long a killer of coal miners, is on the rise again after retreating in the 30 years since Congress passed tougher mine safety laws, health and safety experts said Friday. The renewed appearance of the disease emerged …