Court rejects coal industry’s complaint on new dust rules

A federal appeals court has rejected a request from the coal industry to delay new rules on dust monitoring in underground mines.
The National Mining Association and several coal companies asked the court to halt the implementation of a rule taking effect Feb. 1 that would increase the number of air samples taken in underground mines. It would also require some miners to wear personal devices that give readings on air quality.
The industry group argued that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration overstepped its authority in issuing the dust rules. The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled Monday that MSHA acted properly.
Joe Main, head of MSHA, has said the new rules are crucial to limiting the dust that causes black lung disease.

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