These are not new facts, but what has happened is starting to accumulate in the media. However this is a mere step in the right direction. Many safety tests, dust level tests, and other key process parts to mining have been faked. ABC news reported that a black lung clinic, entrusted with the care of ailing coal miners denied benefits to miners who had contaminated lungs. This clinic received federal funds and was located at Johns Hopkins University. This was a few years ago but ranks a s a gross coverup.Black Lung clinics are also located in the American west and US south but their density is greatest in Appalachian counties.Coal is declining in amount mined compared to natural gas pumped but still 10's of millions of tons circulate out of this white mans reservation
sources: Lexington Heral-Ledger
Louisville Courier Journal
Sierra Club Mountain News and World Report