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“Black lung is back: Why More is Needed to Fight Dust” – Mining Technology

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“US mining has enjoyed years of continued improvements with regard to safe operations, with falling fatalities highlighting an industry that is more aware than ever of the risks faced by its employees. Figures from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) show that fatalities at US mining operations have fallen slightly in recent years, from 28 in 2017 to 27 in 2019, and significantly since the turn of the millennium, with the 85 deaths reported in 2000 close to triple the 2019 figure.”

This article was originally published in Mining Technology. Read more here.


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“US coal miners seek federal Covid-19 protection”

The United Mine Workers (UMW) and the United Steelworkers unions have filed a petition asking the US Circuit Court of Appeals at the district of Columbia “for an expedited order against the US Mine Safety and Health Administration.”

According to Mining Technology, the petition asserts that the US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has failed to issue emergency temporary standards for infectious diseases that would be legally binding on all mine operators, putting the lives and health of tens of thousands of miners in “grave danger.”

Originally reported on Mining Technology. Read the full article here.


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A Tribute to Joe Massie

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A tribute to Joe Massie who passed away on March 17, 2020. He was a veteran, retired coal miner, UMWA member for over 40 years, and President of the Fayette County Black Lung Association and the National Black Lung Associations.

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National Coalition Conference Has Moved to a Virtual Platform

The National Coalition of Black Lung & Respiratory Disease Clinics’ annual September conference will now be held virtually. Stay tuned for further details!


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Be on the lookout for website changes in the coming months!

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The Black Lung Center of Excellence is currently working with staff to change the look of our website!