Miners Battle Black Lung, and Bureaucracy

By:  New York Times Editorial Board
Miners Battle Black Lung, and Bureaucracy

Black lung disease, the lethal hazard for coal miners that was thought to be on the wane, is far from finished. Autopsies of 24 miners who died in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion four years ago found that 17 of them had black lung, the crippling respiratory disease that left generations of miners hooked up to oxygen tanks.