- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - The second of two Kentucky meetings on the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s rule to lower miners’ exposure to coal dust is set for later this month.

MSHA held a meeting Wednesday in Madisonville on the rule, and the second meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Perry County Public Library. The meetings are to help prepare for the rule’s next phase.

The rule went into effect last August. MSHA says it is part of the Labor Department’s effort to end black lung disease caused by prolonged exposure to coal mine dust.

By Feb. 1, continuous personal dust monitors must be used to monitor occupations exposed to the highest concentrations and all miners with evidence of black lung. Increased sampling frequency provisions are to go into effect at the same time.

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