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40 Years after MSHA, Coal Miners Still Suffering from Black Lung

A great piece of investigative reporting by the Center for Public Integrity and NPR tells us this week that coal mining is still fatally dangerous to workers' health. The passage of the Mine Safety and Health Act and rules to limit dust exposure over 40 years ago was supposed to eliminate the scourge of Black Lung disease forever. “In 1969, I publicly proclaimed that the disease would go away before we learned more about it,” said said Dr. Donald Rasmussen, a pioneer in recognizing and diagnosing black lung. "I was dead wrong."

Read the full story here.


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