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Regulators to Hold Outreach Meeting on New Coal Dust Rule


Federal regulators are holding a stakeholders meeting in Raleigh County on a new coal dust rule.

The outreach meeting for the mining industry is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beaver.

The rule went into effect in August 2014. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says the rule is part of the Labor Department’s effort to end black lung disease caused by prolonged exposure to coal mine dust.

By February 1, 2016, continuous personal dust monitors must be used to monitor occupations exposed to the highest concentrations and all miners with evidence of black lung. Increased sampling frequency provisions are to go into effect at the same time.