Black Lung Disease: Life-Saving Rules, Technology Stymied By Politics, Experts Say Dave Jamieson WASHINGTON — Someday, a device known as the personal dust monitor could save coal miners a lot of misery. The “PDM,” as it’s known in mining circles, can tell coal miners precisely how much coal dust they’re breathing underground at a given moment. By helping moderate miners’ exposure to this dangerous...

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The GAO said key scientific studies support MSHA’s conclusion that tightening the dust limit would reduce miners’ risk of getting black lung. The GAO review said research used by MSHA included “reasonable steps” to minimize the impact of any limitations in their data. Read the entire report here. “Opponents of the proposed rule attacked the science, but the study they called for shows the science to be...

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Sen. Paul ignores science on black lung disease Sen. Rand Paul’s letter responding to the recent news stories about the alarming increase in black lung disease — coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP) — among Appalachian coal miners and disputing the need for regulations proposed to reduce the level of respirable coal mine dust requires a response. The 1969 Coal Act required that the concentration of respirable dust in the mine be at “a...

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