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Control the Dust...
The time to eliminate black lung is now.
Control the Dust Nearly every coal miner knows first hand the destructive impact of black lung disease. It can devastate a miner's quality of life, take its toll on a miner's family, and lead to premature death. While much progress has been made in reducing respirable dust levels in the mines, black lung (also known as coal workers' pneumoconiosis and silicosis) continues to occur among coal miners.

 Final Rule Published - Mine Rescue Team Equipment
 Final Rule Published - Fire Extinguishers in Underground Coal Mines
 Proposed Rule Published - Alcohol- and Drug-Free Mines
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 Crandall Canyon Mine Single Source Page
 MSHA Seeking to Hire Mine Inspectors
Use the link above to see career screening opportunities around the country

 Use of Error Factors in Determining a Miner's Overexposure to DPM
 Citation/Violation Statistics - Includes information on contested citations
 Standard Error Factors for 160 µg/m3 Total Carbon Exposure Limit
 Testing Communication and Locating Devices for Underground Mines
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 MSHA and BLM sign Memorandum of Understanding

 MSHA Actions to Enhance Mine Safety
 August 2008 Update

To include:
  • Belt Air, Improved Belt Material, and Fire Protection Rule: On June 19, 2008, MSHA will publish a proposed rule to enhance miner safety and implement the recommendations of the Technical Study Panel on the Utilization of Belt Air and the Composition and Fire Retardant Properties of Belt Material in Underground Coal Mining.

  • Refuge Alternatives Rule: On June 16, 2008, MSHA published a proposed rule on refuge alternatives in underground coal mines to enhance miner safety and implement Section 13 of the MINER Act.
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