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MSHA Media Advisory: [08/03/2015]

MSHA outreach meetings will help coal mining industry prepare for next phase of respirable dust rule
Industry meetings continue agency initiative to end black lung

ARLINGTON, Va. – As the Mine Safety and Health Administration prepares for implementation of Phase II of its final rule to lower miners’ exposure to respirable coal mine dust in underground and surface coal mines, the agency will hold a series of stakeholder outreach meetings for the coal mining industry.

The rule, which went into effect last August, is part of the Department of Labor’s initiative to end black lung, a debilitating and deadly disease caused by prolonged exposure to coal mine dust. By Feb. 1, 2016, continuous personal dust monitors must be used to monitor underground coal mine occupations exposed to the highest respirable dust concentrations, as well as all miners with evidence of black lung. The rule’s increased sampling frequency provisions also will go into effect at this time, and miners will receive information on respirable dust levels more quickly.

MSHA has scheduled stakeholder outreach meetings as follows:

City, State



Location and Address

Vincennes, Ind.

Aug. 4           

1 p.m.

Vincennes University, ICAT Building, 1500 Chestnut St.

Madisonville, Ky.

Aug. 5           

1 p.m.

Madisonville Community College, Byrnes Auditorium, 750 N. Laffoon St.

Hazard, Ky.

Aug. 11 

1 p.m.

Perry County Public Library, 289 Black Gold Blvd.

Lebanon, Va.

Aug. 12

1 p.m.

Russell County Conference Center, 139 Highland Dr.

Greensburg, Pa.

Aug. 17

1 p.m.

Ramada Greensburg Hotel & Conference Center, 100 Ramada Dr.

Morgantown, W.Va.

Aug. 18

1 p.m.

MSHA Coal District 3 Office, 604 Cheat Road

Beaver, W.Va.

Aug. 25

9 a.m.

National Mine Health and Safety Academy, 1301 Airport Rd.

Grand Junction, Colo.

Sept. 1

9 a.m.

Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd.

Sumiton, Ala.

Sept. 3

1 p.m.

Bevill State College, Building 1400 Exhibit Hall, 101 State St.

Note: All times listed are local.

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Media Contact:

Amy Louviere, 202-693-9423,

Release Number: 14-1528-NAT