"Black Lung on Rise in Mines, Reversing Trend"

"WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Rates of black-lung disease are growing, most notably among younger miners, reversing decades of progress and prompting more federal scrutiny and calls to lower exposure to coal dust.

The increase, which federal mine safety officials attributed in part to longer work shifts and companies' uneven dust-mitigation practices, could put a further strain on the industry-financed trust fund set up to compensate disabled miners and their families."

Kris Maher reports for the Wall St. Journal December 15, 2009.

Source: Wall St. Journal, 12/15/2009