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Congressional hearing highlights issues with black lung benefits program

Friday, May 24th, 2024 | Posted by Quenton King | No Comments

On Wednesday, senators on a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee led by Sen. John Hickenlooper, D-Colorado, held a hearing and listened to testimony from miner advocates and experts on mine safety and the black lung benefits program. [ Read More ]


Rule to protect miners from silica falls short

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024 | Posted by Quenton King | 1 Comment

In April, the Mine Safety and Health Administration announced the final version of a rule meant to protect coal miners from respirable silica. The announcement was a long time coming. [ Read More ]


Four ways you can support Appalachian communities in the new year!

Tuesday, January 16th, 2024 | Posted by Quenton King | No Comments

In 2023, Appalachian advocates made several advancements in the fight for greater protections for rural communities and families affected by black lung but as we enter 2024, an ongoing battle in Congress over spending is threatening to undo much of this progress while also cutting programs that benefit these communities. [ Read More ]


‘A moral imperative:’ Two bills would support miners with black lung and their families

Thursday, January 4th, 2024 | Posted by Quenton King | No Comments

Dec. 13 was a day that Vonda Robinson had been waiting over three years for. On that day, Rep. Morgan McGarvey, D-Ky., introduced the Relief for Survivors of Miners Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. [ Read More ]


Miners, advocates voice their concerns about MSHA’s proposed silica rule

Tuesday, August 15th, 2023 | Posted by Quenton King | No Comments

Coal miners and black lung advocates filled several back rows of the auditorium at the Mine Safety and Health Administration Academy just outside of Beckley, West Virginia, on the morning of Aug. 10th to provide comments on the agency’s draft rule to protect miners from respirable silica dust. [ Read More ]



 

 


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