Coal mine safety rule on silica dust causing black lung may change in Biden era

A recent government report called the mine safety standard regulating deadly silica dust "out of date," and difficult to enforce. The Biden administration may finally change that standard.
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Lawmakers, union urge mine safety regulators to act on silica dust

A group of Ohio Valley senators says a watchdog agency’s recent report shows that federal regulators must do more to protect coal miners from silica dust.

Federal watchdog finds coal safety regulator not protecting miners from silica dust

MSHA’s current standards for silica have not substantively changed in over 50 years, the report found, despite growing consensus that silica is a major contributor to a surge in black lung disease that’s centered in the Ohio Valley.

Bob Murray was vicious to both workers and the environment

The deceased coal baron fought safety measures, presided over deadly mine collapses, allegedly sexually harassed his employees, and sued his critics to suppress free speech. Rest in peace?

Bob Murray, who fought black lung regulations as a coal operator, has filed for black lung benefits

As a coal company executive Robert Murray fought mine safety rules on black lung disease. Now he seeks black lung benefits for himself.


Remembering a miner who personified coal's contributions and costs

The first voice in the ReSource book, "Appalachian Fall," is Virginia coal miner Charles Wayne Stanley, who asked that miners get the respect they deserve.

How Democrats can win coal country—and the 2020 election

The fossil fuel industry is hemorrhaging jobs in swing states.

Coal and COVID-19: Lung impairment makes miners especially vulnerable to coronavirus

Coal mines have been designated essential businesses in most states. But state and federal agencies are not tracking coronavirus transmissions or regulating sanitation to keep those essential workers safe.


‘I’ve already got infected lungs’: For sick coal miners COVID-19 is a death sentence

Miners with black lung struggle during the pandemic with layoffs, benefit cuts and the threat of a virus that would almost certainly kill them.


“They’re crooks”: Coal industry aims to exploit coronavirus crisis to cut payments to miners with black lung

Some of the largest coal companies in the United States are using the coronavirus crisis to pressure Congress to slash the tax that finances the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, a lifeline for more than 20,000 miners whose lung disease makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19.


Coal companies seek to cut tax that supports Black Lung Disability Trust Fund

The nation’s coal companies, citing the economic impact of the covid-19 pandemic, want to roll back their payments to the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. That would leave the federal government to pick up the tab for 25,000 ailing miners.

Black-lung sufferers hunker down to avoid COVID-19 as cases of the mine disease continue to climb

Experts say those with black lung are vulnerable to COVID-19 and, alarmingly, expect there are many more miners yet to realise their heightened risk.

Those with black lung disease among most vulnerable for having complications from COVID-19

According to the CDC, in West Virginia one in five coal miners who worked in mines for at least 25 years have black lung.

‘Working sick’—Kentucky miners fight black lung regulations

Kentucky is home to the largest cluster of black lung cases since the 1990s. The Republican state legislature now limits who can make a diagnosis. With the support of dissenting legislators, some miners are fighting back.

“Lax oversight” threatens health fund for miners with black lung, watchdog finds

Just three bankruptcies of American coal companies have added more than $800 million in costs to a federal government program that funds health care for disabled coal miners.

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