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Coal miners increasing rate of black lung disease
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Author:  Wayne Stollings [ Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:41 am ]
Post subject:  Coal miners increasing rate of black lung disease

My grandfather died of this disease, which was supposed to have been eliminated by the protective legislation.

http://www.npr.org/2012/07/09/155978300 ... _132543217

Author:  spot1234 [ Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Coal miners increasing rate of black lung disease

I was wondering whether it's due to people living longer and better diagnosis or due to the regulations being relaxed, reading the piece it seems to be the latter, seems to be quite common sadly. Workers rights are being eroded all over the world.

Author:  Johhny Electriglide [ Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Coal miners increasing rate of black lung disease

Apparently the protective gear needed to filter out the dust was not used. Education on the effects of breathing the dust was inadequate. Really, treatment shouldn't come from the government but from the mining companies themselves, who should also pass on true costs to consumers of coal. Of course, they love to mine cheap and go bankrupt, leaving the sickness and the cleanup costs to the general public.
Mining is big business here in Colorado, too. They can afford to give big money to both parties' politicians, but very little for cleanup of their pollution, in all types of mining. The miners themselves want to keep their jobs, too. Consequences down the road be damned. So many property owners have lost their land values with rigs put up on their property they have no mineral rights to, or have gotten methane in their wells, while others have gotten the insecticide/herbicide mix of nearby farms. Water mining, too, from over the divide to the big Front Range cities that should have stopped growth long ago.
The whole country has a disease, and the world, too, from not leaving the coal (and oil) in the ground, corporate and government corruption, and too many people. Black lung is a symptom. :cry:

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