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Black lung debated during federal oversight hearing

House Democrats called for strengthening health and safety protection for miners to prevent black lung disease during a recent oversight hearing. They want the addition of tools needed to enforce safety standards and making it faster for miners to file a claim. During the hearing, two witnesses testified in support of legislative reforms to parts of the Robert C. Byrd ...

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Coal industry’s future gloomy


Rob Napier, a displaced coal miner, has an accent that is the audio equivalent to chummy handshake. His speech and phrases are folksy and polite, until he starts talking about what Washington and Charleston are doing to the coal industry. That is when politeness leaves the self-described “good Christian” and his ire comes out. “We’ve been screwed,” he said. After ...

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