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US enhances mining safety with new silica dust regulations

New protections against hazardous mining dust aim to curb rising cases of severe lung diseases among miners.

Chris Hamby reports for The New York Times.

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After decades of broken promises, coal miners hail rule to slow rise of black lung

A half-century ago, the nation’s top health experts urged the federal agency in charge of mine safety to adopt strict rules protecting miners from poisonous rock dust.
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New study finds Central Appalachian miners at highest risk of dying from lung diseases

Central Appalachian coal miners including those in Virginia are over eight times more likely than the general population to die from respiratory diseases.
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Advocates urge Congress to update black lung program

The Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act would increase monthly benefits for retired miners and ensure miners’ access to legal representation.
It’s been decades since toxic dust rules for mines have improved. Lawmakers are taking notice

It’s been decades since toxic dust rules for mines have improved. Lawmakers are taking notice

Black lung has surged in Appalachia in recent years. Research has tied the epidemic to silica dust, which can burrow deep into miners’ lungs.
Federal mine safety agency to increase silica dust inspections

Federal mine safety agency to increase silica dust inspections

The mine safety agency is effectively putting operators on notice, saying it will increase inspections at mines with repeat offenses.
White House announces $109M for energy jobs in hard-hit coal communities
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White House announces $109M for energy jobs in hard-hit coal communities

The Biden administration announced $109.5 million in funding for research projects aimed at creating job opportunities in communities ravaged by the decline of the coal industry.

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