Black Lung Protections for Miners Proving Too Lax

Posted on Jul 10, 2012

Black lung diagnoses for coal miners have doubled in the last decade.  A study by the Center for Public Integrity, Black Lung Surges Back In Coal Country, identifies two principal factors: (1) lax enforcement by regulators; and, (2) noncompliance by coal mine operators.  The study also faults federal lawmakers, who have refused to pass any laws toughening what are clearly out-of-date and ineffective standards.  Most troubling, younger miners are developing the most severe, fastest-progressing type of black lung disease. 

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