silica exposure

‘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 […]