On April 17th a letter was sent to President Trump by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin III (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) echoing the UMWA’s call to the Mine Safety and Health Administration to exercise its authority to issue emergency standards to safeguard miners as the nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click the link to read the letter: https://umwa.org/news-media/news/letter-to-president-trump-msha-covid-19-safety-standard/
“This extra impairment would be enough to kill them which is why we’re trying to be so careful in not having them in the clinic and encouraging them to stay at home, stay away from people so they don’t get it because it would be much more difficult for someone like that to recuperate, if it’s even possible,” said Debbi Wills, a black lung clinic coordinator in West Virginia.’
Attached is a letter from the National Coalition of Black Lung & Respiratory Disease Clinics Inc. (NCBLRDC) to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in support of the UMWA request for a more robust approach in responding to Covid-19. Read the UMWA letter here: https://umwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/032420-CER-Letter-David-Zatezalo-COVID-19.pdf
Dr. Leonard Go, Assistant Director of the MinER Center, was quoted in this 3/25/20 Gizmodo article: I’m Just Praying’: Miners Fear the Impacts Covid-19 Could Have in Coal Country