Howard Berkes

Coal Miners To Demand Congress Restore Full Black Lung Benefits Tax
Dozens of coal miners are expected to press federal regulators and members of Congress to address an epidemic of the advanced stage of black lung disease during a visit to Capitol Hill.
July 23, 2019
Regulators Resist Call For Action In Response To Black Lung Epidemic
The nation's top coal mine safety regulator told members of Congress on Thursday that existing safety regulations are sufficient to protect miners from toxic dust, despite calls for change amid an epidemic of advanced black lung disease among coal miners in Appalachia.
June 21, 2019
Struggling For Breath In Coal Country
In Appalachia, more than 2,000 coal miners are suffering from advanced black lung disease, caused by toxic dust in the mines. Reporter Howard Berkes spoke with dozens of miners with varying stages of the disease about how it has irrevocably changed their lives.
January 24, 2019
Calls for Change Follow FRONTLINE/NPR Black Lung Investigation
Thousands of coal miners are dying from an advanced form of black lung disease. Federal regulators could have prevented it.
January 22, 2019
Fatal Disease Outbreak Among Miners Spurs House Hearings On Coal Mine Dust
The hearings come in response to an NPR and FRONTLINE investigation that revealed the failure of government regulators to identify and prevent a fatal disease outbreak among coal miners.
December 18, 2018
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coal's deadly dust
Coal's Deadly Dust
FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the rise of severe black lung disease among coal miners, and the failure to respond.
January 22, 2019
An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands Of Coal Miners. Regulators Could Have Stopped It.
An NPR/FRONTLINE investigation found thousands of instances in which miners were exposed — not just to coal dust but to dangerous levels of toxic silica dust.
December 18, 2018