black lung

noun

Definition of black lung 

: pneumoconiosis caused by habitual inhalation of coal dust

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Overexposure to coal mine dust leads to black lung disease—inflammation and scarring of the lungs, which eventually leads to organ damage and failure, and premature death. Greg Ip, WSJ, "A Costly, Deadly Obsession With Coal," 6 June 2018 Under Trump, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has also moved to reconsider rules meant to protect miners from breathing coal and rock dust — the primary cause of black lung — and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer. Carolyn Mcatee Cerbin, USA TODAY, "Coal industry documents show extent of effort to influence Trump on Paris accord, regulations," 6 June 2018 More than 76,000 miners have died of black lung since 1968. Nicole Goodkind, Newsweek, "Trump Says He 'Saved Coal,' but Miner Deaths Nearly Doubled in His First Year," 27 Jan. 2018 Miners who breathe dusty air over a period of years are at risk of contracting pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. Washington Post, "Feds: Kentucky coal mine supervisors cheated on dust samples," 11 July 2018 Because Murray’s company recently unsuccessfully sued to block a rule aimed at reducing miners' exposure to coal dust that causes black lung, a disease which killed as many as 10,000 people between 1995 and 2005. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Coal CEO’s defamation lawsuit against John Oliver is dismissed," 25 Feb. 2018 Last month, Trump announced that MSHA was reconsidering rules intended to protect miners from breathing in the dust that causes black lung. Nicole Goodkind, Newsweek, "Trump Says He 'Saved Coal,' but Miner Deaths Nearly Doubled in His First Year," 27 Jan. 2018 Lee Petsonk, a specialist in black lung disease at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, says the disease hits sooner, progresses faster, and is more lethal than 20 years ago; younger miners commonly lose 30 years of life to it. Greg Ip, WSJ, "A Costly, Deadly Obsession With Coal," 6 June 2018 In America’s coal country, black lung rates are hitting highs not seen in decades. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Trump is preparing an actual bailout of the coal industry.," 1 June 2018

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black lung

noun

Medical Definition of black lung 

: pneumoconiosis caused by habitual inhalation of coal dust

called also black lung disease

— compare silicosis

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