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Coal Mine Deaths Rise in 2017, Agency to Reconsider Black Lung Rule

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.


Severe Black Lung Disease Makes A Deadly Resurgence

lung with progressive massive fibrosis

Diagnoses of the most severe form of black lung disease, known as progressive massive fibrosis, are on the rise in Appalachia. The causes of this deadly trend aren’t entirely clear, though it may be linked to the silica rock dust associated with thinner layers of coal.


New Mine Safety Standards Survive Industry Challenge

Despite challenges from industry groups, a federal court has upheld new mine safety standards that will go into effect on Feb. 1.


Investigation Finds Fraud in Black Lung Cases

By Kimber Ray A year-long investigation revealed evidence this fall that the coal industry has supported fraudulent practices in order to block workers’ compensation claims for black lung disease. According to the investigation conducted by The Center for Public Integrity


On the Right Side of the Law:

Wes Addington Defends Miners’ Rights By Molly Moore From the gallery of the Kentucky State Capitol, lawyer Wes Addington and a group of women from eastern Kentucky — mostly widows of coal miners — watched the Kentucky House pass a


Progress on Black Lung Prevention

By Kimber Ray After over three years of delay, a proposal for stricter coal dust standards appears to be moving forward. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has submitted a final draft of its rules to the Office of