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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 establishing digital radiography standards for the Black Lung Benefits Act program. The addition of digital radiography standards to the current regulations is meant to supplement, not replace, current film radiography standards. The proposed regulations address: ...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