This week on The Allegheny Front, what’s causing the recent surge in black lung disease in Appalachia? Plus, there’s a delicate calculation that goes into environmental regulations for air pollution. . . but are the jobs saved worth the lives lost?
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Stories in this episode
- Living With Black Lung: Coal Miners Caught in the Epidemic - These miners' willingness to talk openly about their experiences provides a window into what life is like for the many Appalachian miners still struggling with the disease.
- A Surge of Black Lung Disease in Appalachia - An NPR investigation reveals that cases of the brutal disease have more than doubled over the past decade, affecting younger and younger miners.
- Do Regulations Kill Jobs? Or Save Lives? - There's a delicate calculation that goes into environmental regulations for air pollution -- the number of jobs in coal and other polluting industries we're willing to save versus the number of premature deaths as a result of pollution.
- Rare Opportunity: Researchers See Potential In Mining Coal Waste - Could this type of coal pollution produce valuable ingredients for electronic technology and national security?
- Turning Acid Mine Drainage Pollution Into Pottery - The brilliant rust orange iron oxide that’s pulled out of waterways polluted with acid mine drainage is finding its way into the hands of artists and craftsmen.