Deadly Dirty Work

For many career coal miners in Appalachia—where mining is a family tradition—multiple generations have seen the job they love become a death sentence, bringing on complicated black lung disease. As the debilitating condition takes hold, miners describe mountain walks and gardening giving way to breathing problems, oxygen tanks and inhalers.
It “turns your lungs to concrete," says Jackie Yates, whose father and brother were also diagnosed with black lung. He and other miners spoke to NPR and PBS Frontline for an investigation that uncovered federal regulators' failure to shield miners from black lung despite a wealth of evidence and warnings.


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