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Congress Must Act Now to Extend the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund

Rates of black lung, an incurable disease caused by long-term exposure to coal dust, have been on the rise in Appalachia in recent years.

In the 1970s, a tax on mining was put in place to pay for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund which provides benefits for people who have been impacted by black lung.

A federal report said the trust fund paid about $184 million in benefits to more than 25,000 coal miners and dependents in 2017.

But if Congress doesn’t act the tax will decrease by about 55 percent at the end of the year.

Please act now and tell Congress to extend the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund!

Source: AP

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