black lung disease

Environment
3:08 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Coal Workers at Small Mines More Likely to Get Black Lung Disease, Study Finds

Coal miners who work in small mines are more than twice as likely to contract the most serious form of black lung disease, according to a new federal study. 

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Politics
1:57 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Releases Plan to Tackle Mine Safety, Black Lung Disease

Alison Lundergan Grimes vistited a Floyd County coal mine earlier this year.

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 3:24 pm

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes unveiled a plan Thursday to improve mine safety and address black lung diseases—an offensive campaign move on the Kentucky coal issue.

Her plan also takes Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to task for vowing to repeal a key provision in the Affordable Care Act that helps coal miners receive benefits for black lung disease.

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Government
9:38 am
Mon June 23, 2014

'Kentucky Needs New Law for Disputed Black Lung Claims'- Dept of Workers' Claims

A miner at the Black Lung Laboratory in the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia, is having his lung capacity tested to determine whether he has the disease. Blood samples also are taken and his heartbeat is monitored while walking on a treadmill. These and other known testing methods are used to determine if miners have coal dust particles in their lungs which cause a progressive shortness of breath.
Credit Jack Corn / Environmental Protection Agency-National Archives

 

Kentucky coal miners seeking workers compensation for black lung may get a new way to battle denied claims.

In a 2011 Kentucky Supreme Court case of Vision Mining, Inc v. Gardner, the state’s highest court found that the methodology for reaching consensus on disputed X-rays of coal miners with black lung was unconstitutional.

Department of Workers’ Claims Commissioner Dwight Lovan says the ruling affects about 3,000 finalized black lung claims over the past decade.

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Coal Mining
11:05 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Number Of Black Lung Cases Amongst Coal Miners Increases

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Over the decades, great gains have been made in reducing black lung disease among coal miners. But, recently, there’s been an uptick in the sometimes fatal condition. 

Fifty years ago, Central Appalachian Education and Research Center Director Wayne Sanderson said about a third of all miners contracted black lung.  Today, the potentially deadly disease afflicts about four to five percent of miners.  And, Sanderson said, that number’s climbing.

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Morning Cram
7:26 am
Mon July 9, 2012

the morning cram [killer coal edition]

Late stage Black Lung disease.
NPR

From NPR: Cases of Black Lung surge as an investigation by NPR and CPI uncovers regulators' inability to control a deadly disease.

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Morning Cram
9:39 am
Tue June 19, 2012

the morning cram [all the single fellas edition]

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NPR reports more and more dad's are going it alone, choosing to be single fathers.

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Coal
8:57 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Surface Coal Miners Get Black Lung Too

wikipedia.org

A new study shows black lung disease isn’t limited to just coal miners who work underground.  Studies for coal workers’ pneumoconiosis—or black lung disease—haven’t been done on surface miners in a decade, and the miners were commonly thought to be less at risk for the disease than underground workers. 

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