Sam Petsonk

Mine safety advocates agree new silica dust rule is progress, but some worry it’s not enough

BY: - April 22, 2024

It was a celebratory moment years in the making when acting Labor Secretary Julie Su, flanked by miners and advocates, announced the rollout of a new rule limiting silica dust exposure for miners in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, last week. For years, advocates for mine safety had urged the federal government to adopt strict rules around the […]

Advocates for coal miners say MSHA’s proposed silica dust rule needs teeth

BY: - August 8, 2023

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is hosting a public comment hearing in Beckley on Thursday on a proposed rule that could strengthen silica exposure standards — one of the leading causes of black lung — for coal miners. The proposed rule would, for the first time, implement a separate exposure limit for silica […]