Our elected representatives need to step up and make sure coal companies pay their fair share toward healthcare for coal miners with black lung disease.
A recent study shows that black lung disease in Appalachian coal miners is at a 25-year high — but federal taxes on coal companies that help compensate affected miners are set to expire next year.
Coal mining fatalities are nearly double what they were last year, and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration announced it would revisit a rule intended to protect miners from black lung disease.
Despite challenges from industry groups, a federal court has upheld new mine safety standards that will go into effect on Feb. 1.
Rural pulmonary rehabilitation helps patients struggling with black lung disease improve their well-being.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released research on the “entirely preventable” resurgence of black lung among coal miners.