Obama administration tightens coal dust rules to reduce black lung cases

Black lung is an irreversible and potentially deadly disease caused by exposure to coal dust, where dust particles accumulate in the lungs

The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.

"Today we advance a very basic principle: you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your life for your livelihood," Labor Secretary Thomas E Perez said. "But that’s been the fate of more than 76,000 miners who have died at least in part because of black lung since 1968."

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