Mine Dust Loopholes Are Killing
A NPR/Frontline analysis of federal regulatory data — decades of information recorded by dust-collection monitors placed where coal miners work — has revealed a tragic failure to recognize and respond to clear signs of danger.
A federal monitoring program reported just 99 cases of advanced black lung disease nationwide from 2011-2016. But NPR identified more than 2,000 coal miners suffering from the disease in the same time frame, and in just five Appalachian states.
For decades, government regulators had evidence of excessive and toxic mine dust exposures, the kind that can cause PMF, as they were happening. They knew that miners like Kelly and Smith were likely to become sick and die. They were urged to take specific and direct action to stop it. But they didn’t.
So far the Trump administration has said “So far, MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) has no plan for separate and tougher regulation of silica in coal mines” It’s along-term action item.
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An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands Of Coal Miners. Regulators Could Have Stopped It