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Black Lung Disease Back on the Rise

After decades of decline, black lung disease is back, particularly in central Appalachia and particularly among younger miners. The reasons for the resurgence of the disease, including aggressive efforts by mining companies to circumvent regulations and ineffectual attempts by government to tackle the problem, are documented in a comprehensive report by theCenter for Public Integrity (as part of its Hard Labor series) and National Public Radio, working also with The Charleston Gazette. The Public Welfare Foundation supports the Center and NPR under its Workers’ Rights Program.  

You can view online and broadcast versions of the report on the Center for Public Integrity’s site, at NPR, or the Charleston Gazette.  NPR reporter Howard Berkes was interviewed about the series on the PBS Newshour

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