Research has been done on how coal mining pollution affects health and it was concluded that coal mining communities are faced with greater risks of chronic illnesses like kidney disease, emphysema, and even high blood pressure. In specifics to coal miners themselves, they are at risk of many health problems including dust-related lung diseases like Pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung. Studies in on coal miners in China report that the number of miners getting black lung increases by about 70,000 each year. Safety measures, especially within the U.S., have increased in part due to the Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977:
This image is the result of inhaling dust, coal, and other toxic particles in a mine. Black Lung Disease is a nasty side effect associated with that line of work.
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