Coal Dust

 

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The United Mine Workers of America is giving "qualified support" to the Obama administration's new rule aimed at cutting the amount of coal dust in coal mines.

The union said today that it approves of many parts of the rule, which was issued last month. Among them is a reduction in the overall dust standard from 2.0 to 1.5 milligrams per cubic meter of air.

But the union says it is concerned that dust monitors would be required only in coal-producing sections of mines.

Still, the union says on balance the rule should lead to a reduction of black lung disease.

Federal mine safety officials are holding the first of several meetings on the Obama administration's new coal dust rule in Beaver, West Virginia.

The Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration meets with industry representatives Thursday morning at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy. 

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  Top federal labor and mine safety officials are heading to West Virginia to release a long-awaited final rule on coal dust.

The announcement will be made Wednesday in Morgantown. Among those attending will be U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. The director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, John Howard, will also discuss the new rule.