Mining health and safety regulations face review under Trump administration

25 Dec 2017 by under News

640px BLACK LUNG X RAYS FROM PATIENTS OF DR. A.H. RUSSAKOFF PULMONARY DISEASE SPECIALIST AND PIONEER AIR POLLUTION FIGHTER...   NARA   545474 100x100 Mining health and safety regulations face review under Trump administrationCoal miner advocates are on edge after the Trump administration announced the review of Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) — a move that has many wondering if regulations meant to protect workers will soon be on the chopping block.

A recent rule announced officials are taking public comment on “existing standards and regulations that could be improved or made more effective or less burdensome by accommodating advances in technology, innovative techniques, or less costly methods, including the requirements that could be streamlined or replaced in frequency.” The MSHA will also be reviewing the Lowering Miners’ Exposure to the Respirable Coal Mine Dust final rule to determine if it is “achieving respirable dust levels to protect miners’ health.”

“President Trump made clear the progress his Administration is making in bringing common sense to regulations that hold back job creation and prosperity,” Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said when announcing his agency’s regulatory and deregulatory agenda. “The Department of Labor will continue to protect American workers’ interests while limiting the burdens of over-regulation.”

The National Mining Association seems to maintain the move could improve the situation, saying a review of the dust exposure rule “might shed valuable information on … ways it might be improved to provide further protection for miners while eliminating unnecessary implementation requirements for operators,” according to Business Insider. Some advocates remain skeptical.

However, further protections would be welcome. According to a MSHA Fact Sheet, more than 76,000 miners have died between 1968 and 2014 from , a non-cancerous occupational lung disease associated with the inhalation of coal dust that results in shortness of breath, loss of pulmonary function and eventually death.

Comments are closed.