black lung disease http://wfpl.org en GOP Seeks to Block Funding for New Measures to Reduce Black Lung Disease http://wfpl.org/post/gop-seeks-block-funding-new-measures-reduce-black-lung-disease <p>GOP members on the U.S. House Appropriations committee have inserted language into a bill to block a new Mine Safety and Health Department initiative to reduce occurrences of black lung disease--or coal workers&#39; pneumoconiosis.</p><p>NPR&#39;s Howard Berkes <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/07/17/156908140/republican-lawmakers-seek-to-block-funding-on-black-lung-regulation" target="_blank">reported on the new language this morning</a> on NPR&#39;s news blog The Two Way:</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:08:54 +0000 Erica Peterson 1030 at http://wfpl.org Discussing the Black Lung Resurgence in Appalachia http://wfpl.org/post/discussing-black-lung-resurgence-appalachia <p>Friday on WFPL&#39;s <em>Byline</em>, our environment reporter Erica Peterson spent some time with NPR reporter Howard Berkes and Chris Hamby with the Center for Public Integrity. They&rsquo;ve been investigating a serious resurgence in black lung disease in Appalachia in a <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/156453033/black-lung-returns-to-coal-country">series of reports and features</a> made public last week.</p> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 12:01:23 +0000 Brad Yost 1007 at http://wfpl.org Discussing the Black Lung Resurgence in Appalachia NPR, Partners Investigate Resurgence of Black Lung Disease http://wfpl.org/post/npr-partners-investigate-resurgence-black-lung-disease <p>An investigation by NPR and several partners has found that black lung disease is far from being eradicated among coal miners. On the contrary: the reports outline a disease where diagnoses have doubled in the last decade in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.</p><p>Black lung disease--also called coalworkers&#39; pneumoconiosis--is a disease caused by breathing large amounts of coal dust.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 942 at http://wfpl.org Study Finds Surface Miners Are at Risk of Black Lung Disease, Too http://wfpl.org/post/study-finds-surface-miners-are-risk-black-lung-disease-too <p>A new study shows that black lung disease isn&rsquo;t limited to coal miners who work underground.</p><p>Studies for coal workers&rsquo; pneumoconiosis&mdash;or black lung disease&mdash;haven&rsquo;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. Surface mines are open to the air, after all, and underground coal mines have frequent dust issues caused by mining in constricted spaces without much ventilation.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:42:46 +0000 Erica Peterson 691 at http://wfpl.org