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Thousands of claims

Supporters of shoring up federal black lung benefits listen to National Black Lung Association President Gary Hairston (not pictured), of Beckley, speak at a rally held at the state Capitol Complex coal miners’ memorial. The middle sign alludes to the 4,423 black lung claims in fiscal year 2021 under Part C of the Black Lung Benefits Act in West Virginia, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics.

New research finds coal miners are at increased risk of death from more diseases than just black lung, the latest evidence of the dangers of coal mine dust putting West Virginians in especially great peril.

Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently found that coal miners suffer increased mortality from other diseases, including lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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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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