Study shows surface coal miners are exposed to toxic dust that causes black lung

Appalachian coal miners at surface mines are consistently overexposed to the toxic silica dust linked to black lung, according to new research from NIOSH.
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MSHA comment period shows divide on measures to protect miners health

MSHA issued the request for comment following an NPR/PBS Frontline investigation that found the agency had failed to adequately protect miners despite knowing that silica dust was contributing to an epidemic of black lung disease.

As calls for action on black lung disease grow, regulators show little indication of change

Congress holds hearings, the UMWA calls for action, and research mounts about the growing toll from black lung. But regulators show few signs of acting.

Illinois nuclear workers' benefits petitions have to be reviewed within 6 months. Some have languished a decade.

A petition filed by a Los Alamos worker has been in limbo for 10 years. At the Savannah River Site, a petition has lingered for 11 years. At Sandia National Laboratories, workers have been waiting seven years for a final decision.

US workers who make BPA have enormous loads of it in their bodies

US workers in industries that use or manufacture the plastic additive bisophenol-A have, on average, 70 times more of the chemical in their bodies than the general public -- levels well above what has been shown to impact reproduction, according to a study published this month.

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