2012-10-02 20:55:44

Black Lung Disease Again Rises in Southern Appalachia

Coal miners in southern Appalachia are experiencing a spike in cases of black lung disease, which results from inhaling coal dust. The disease has killed tens of thousands of miners over the past century. Federal legislation was supposed to take care of the problem. After the 1969 Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act came into effect, black lung disease plummeted but now it's on the rebound, affecting younger as well as older miners. Researchers are trying to find out why. FSRN's Melinda Tuhus reports from coal country in southern West Virginia.

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