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Jury Awards $67M to Kentucky Miners Over Defective 3M Masks

Two former coal miners in Kentucky who claimed defective dust masks led to their debilitating black-lung disease were awarded $67.5 million in damages in their civil lawsuit. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that a Knott County jury awarded $62.5 million in …

Study: Black Lung Cases Among Appalachian Coal Miners On the Rise

A new research letter published in a medical journal details hundreds of cases of black lung disease in the Central Appalachian coalfields. Three clinics in southwestern Virginia identified 416 coal miners with the disease from January 2013 to February 2017, …

Kentucky Bill Reducing Black Lung Claim Assessments Headed to Governor

Kentucky lawmakers completed quick work Thursday evening on a proposal championed by the Senate’s top leader to reduce the beleaguered coal industry’s costs to cover claims by workers suffering from black lung disease. The plan, presented by Republican Senate President …

Record Number of Miners Being Diagnosed with Black Lung Disease

New data show many more coal miners across Appalachia suffering from the most serious form of black lung disease than federal regulators previously reported. National Public Radio reported Friday that its investigation shows cases 10 times more prevalent, with data …

Report: Eastern Kentucky Sees Spike in Severe Black-Lung Cases

A spike in serious black-lung cases in eastern Kentucky indicates that a disease lawmakers hoped to eradicate decades ago continues to afflict miners. Citing a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report released Dec. 15, the Lexington Herald-Leader says …

U.S. Mine Safety Rule to Curb Black Lung Goes Into Effect

Underground coal mines will ramp up testing for the dust that causes breathing problems and leads to black lung disease under a new federal rule that took effect February 1. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is requiring coal …

Congress Urged to Help Miners with Black Lung Disease

A retired coal miner who suffers from black lung disease urged Congress this week to help clear a backlog of claims of fellow miners who have the disease. “I look to y’all to help us to get that which we …

Mining Industry Vows to Fight Obama Administration Coal Dust Rule

The Obama administration ordered a 25 percent cut in the levels of coal dust in U.S. mines to reduce deadly black lung disease, a move that drew criticism from the mining industry and the threat of a lawsuit. The rule …

Black Lung Rules Delayed Until September

Action on key federal mine safety and health rules are is lagging, including a rule aimed at lowering exposure to coal dust that causes deadly black lung disease. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration was expected to issue the …

Black Lung Protections for Miners Failing; Cases Continue to Rise

Black lung diagnoses have doubled in the last decade, and a new investigation blames a combination of factors, including operators who cheat the system and lax enforcement by regulators. Experts have warned of the resurgence since 1995, but an investigation …