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About the Black Lung Program

The mission of the Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation, or Federal Black Lung Program, is to administer claims filed under the Black Lung Benefits Act. The Act provides compensation to coal miners who are totally disabled by pneumoconiosis arising out of coal mine employment, and to survivors of coal miners whose deaths are attributable to the disease. The Act also provides eligible miners with medical coverage for the treatment of lung diseases related to pneumoconiosis.

Notice of Final Rule

The Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation has issued a Final Rule implementing amendments to the Black Lung Benefits Act passed by Congress in 2010. Commonly called the Byrd Amendments after their sponsor, the late Senator Robert Byrd, the amendments restored two provisions that had been eliminated by the 1981 Amendments to the Act: ...more


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NIOSH: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding digital radiography

NIOSH: "Guideline: Application of Digital Radiography for the Detection and Classification of Pneumoconiosis."

MSHA: Proposed rule on lowering miners' exposure to respirable coal dust