Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Thank President Obama for safeguarding coal miners’ health by tightening coal dust regulations
The Obama administration recently announced a set of new regulations for coal mines, which are intended to protect workers from black lung disease. Black lung is a chronic and often fatal disease caused by exposure to coal dust. More than 78,000 workers have died of black lung disease since 1968. The new rules will reduce the legal levels of coal dust allowed in coal mines and force mining companies to address violations immediately. Please sign this petition to commend the Obama administration for taking action to protect coal miners.
The new rules will mandate a reduction in the overall dust standard from 2.0 to 1.5 milligrams per cubic meter of air. In some cases the standards will be even stricter, with a reduction from 1.0 to 0.5 milligrams per cubic meter of air. The rules also require mining companies to invest in new technology to measure real-time dust levels and take immediate action when dust levels exceed the maximum allowable threshold.
The new rules were proposed in 2010, but the Mine Safety and Health Administration conducted an extensive public comment period. After more than 3 years the rules are just now being finalized. The new standards will be rolled out over a 2-year period.
The dangers of black lung disease have been well known since the 1950s. Unfortunately, it continues to be a danger for coal miners. With proper implementation, the tighter standards enacted by the Obama administration could help to lower the risk of coal miners developing the disease. These tougher standards are long over due. Please sign this petition to commend the efforts of the Obama administration to protect coal miners from black lung disease.
Dear President Obama:
I was pleased to learn about recently enacted standards intended to protect the health of coal miners. The dangers of black lung disease have been well know for many decades, yet unfortunately this disease is still a problem for coal miners. Hopefully a reduction in the overall dust standard from 2.0 to 1.5 milligrams per cubic meter of air in coalmines will reduce the risk of black lung disease for miners working in this environment. Additionally, the new rules requiring better monitoring and maintenance of coal dust levels by mining companies are a step in the right direction.
These new rules were a long time coming, but hopefully they will work as intended in protecting the health of coal miners. Thank you for your efforts in protecting these workers from black lung disease.
[Your Name Here]
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