NPR/PBS Frontline/Ohio Valley ReSource: Coal's Deadly Dust

Number 28462
Subject Health
Year 2019
Publication Date December 2018 - July 2019
Summary Coal's Deadly Dust asked a fundamental question about an unprecedented epidemic of the advanced stage of black lung disease (Progressive Massive Fibrosis or PMF), among coal miners. How and why did this happen? How could it happen given a regulatory system designed to protect miners from the toxic dust that causes disease? The investigation documented the failure of federal regulators and the mining industry to protect coal miners from the epidemic of disease, despite clear evidence in federal data, clear evidence in mining practices, decades of recommendations to take action, and awareness of the danger.
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Keywords NPR, PBS Frontline, Ohio Valley ReSource, coal, miners, health, safety, disease, dust, toxic
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