Rules changes concerning exposure to coal dust delayed
Key action on federal mine safety and health rules is lagging behind including a rule that is aimed at lowering exposure to coal dust that causes black lung disease. Kentucky is the state with the highest percentage of black lung cases. The Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration was expected to issue the final ruling in late June, but is now not expected to issue a final ruling before September. No reason was given for the delay. Black Lung is an irreversible disease caused by exposure to coal dust. Researchers are urging action on the rules enactment because of the recent resurgence of the disease, especially among younger Appalachia miners. Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia miners have all witnessed the resurgence of Black Lung throughout the region.