CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new scientific paper details the growing evidence that black lung is on the rise among Appalachian miners.
The report arrives as the Obama administration is saying little about any progress on finalizing a rule it proposed more than 2 1/2 years ago to reduce exposure to dust that causes the deadly disease.
The research has been published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. It is a respected journal for lung doctors.
The Charleston Gazette reports that the paper was authored by leading black lung doctors, including West Virginia University's Dr. Edward Lee Petsong. The research also details increasing evidence that modern mining generates huge amounts of dust that strangles miners' respiratory systems when it is not property contained.