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Toxic silica dust has driven a sharp rise in severe black lung cases devastating increasingly younger miners throughout central Appalachia.

Now federal mine regulators say they’re cracking down on silica exposure through a new enforcement initiative promoting more rigorous use of already existing regulations.

Mike Tony covers energy and the environment. He can be reached at 304-348-1236 or mtony@hdmediallc.com. Follow @Mike__Tony on Twitter.

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