Black Lung Returns To Coal Country
Jul 9, 2012 — An investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity found federal regulators and the mining industry are failing to protect miners from the excessive toxic coal mine dust that causes black lung. The disease is now being diagnosed in younger miners and evolving more quickly to complicated stages.
Jul 10, 2012 — An investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity has revealed widespread and persistent gaming of the system that's designed to measure and control the coal mine dust that causes the deadly disease.
Jul 9, 2012 — A definition, cost and explanation of the resurgence of the deadly coal miners' disease.
Jul 9, 2012 — Photographer Earl Dotter has spent more than half of his life documenting workers in the most hazardous conditions.
Jul 9, 2012 — Breathing devices may seem useful for protecting coal miners from the toxic dust that causes black lung. But federal law does not permit using respirators as a way of complying with dust exposure limits.
Jul 9, 2012 — The deadly disease is no longer just a concern for underground miners. A new study documents severe cases among surface miners, too
May 17, 2013 — A study of mine blast victims finds further evidence that there's a resurgence of black lung among coal miners. The relatively young ages of some of the miners and their limited tenure underground suggests significant exposure to coal dust.
Jul 17, 2012 — Language inserted into a broad appropriations bill would block funding for a Labor Department effort to reduce the occurrence of black lung.
Jul 13, 2012 — The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Labor Department are putting together a team of agency experts and lawyers to consider statutory and regulatory weaknesses detailed by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity this week.