Frustrated with constant coal dust, residents of Eunice, West Virginia, asked the state to install an air quality monitoring device in their community. The request was denied.
As residents of the Eunice community in West Virginia grapple with coal mine dust, regulations governing air pollution offer little help.
Coal miners are legally allowed to be exposed to twice as much dangerous silica dust as any other worker. That needs to change.
Regulators are installing air quality monitors in two Eastern Virginia communities that have been beset by coal dust from a Norfolk Southern railyard for years.
After a resident unsuccessfully sought aid from Virginia officials for two years to address constant dust from passing coal trucks, one reporter’s questions motivated the company to take action.