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"As Mine Protections Fail, Black Lung Cases Surge" - 9 July 2012

"Black-Lung Rule Loopholes Leave Miners Vulnerable" - 10 July 2012

NPR and The Center for Public Integrity


In a joint investigation by Sandra Bartlett, Howard Berkes and Andrea de Leon of NPR and Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Berkes looked at the resurgence of black lung disease among coal miners, particularly in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. He described how the disease is afflicting younger miners and advancing more quickly to the worst stage of the disease. The two-part series discussed how existing regulatory limits on coal dust are inadequate to protect miners from the increasing levels of silicon dioxide being released as more powerful...Read more