Black lung

‘Putting the fox in charge of the henhouse:’ Miners, advocates concerned over proposed silica rule

BY: - August 10, 2023

BEAVER — Vonda Robinson’s granddaughter is only five years old, but she knows all about black lung. For as long as she’s been alive, she’s watched her grandfather cart around an oxygen tank that helps him breathe.  “She knows how to turn it on, how to turn it up, she knows everything and she’ll tell […]

Miner cutting coal with a large machine at coal seem in deep mine.

Advocates urge more enforcement, oversight for MSHA’s proposed silica dust rule

BY: - August 7, 2023

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is hosting a public comment hearing in Beckley on Thursday on a proposed rule that could strengthen silica exposure standards — one of the leading causes of black lung — for coal miners. The proposed rule would, for the first time, implement a separate exposure limit for silica […]

Coal miners in dark gear with reflective tape stand in line at the NIOSH mobile testing unit to test for black lung.

NIOSH to offer coal miners free black lung screening in Morgantown next week

BY: - July 20, 2023

Coal miners can get screened for black lung disease next week during a three-day event at Mylan Park in Morgantown. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will offer free black lung screenings to coal miners from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 25 through 27 at Mylan Park, according […]

Miner cutting coal with a large machine at coal seem in deep mine.

Proposed silica dust rule could protect miners from black lung, federal officials say 

BY: - July 11, 2023

A proposed federal rule change aims to protect miners’ health by limiting exposure to respirable crystalline silica, or silica dust. Exposure to mixed coal mine dust that contains silica — a carcinogen — can lead to the development of pneumoconiosis, commonly known as black lung disease.  Black lung cases have been on the rise, and […]