8/23/2013 9:38 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - A federal plan aimed at tackling the resurgence of black lung disease by controlling coal dust in U.S. mines was sent to the White House.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration submitted a final draft of it's rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget. That office will review it before a final version is issued.
The rule was proposed almost three years ago. U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller wrote to President Barack Obama earlier this month that urged an end to the rule's delay.
Federal statistics showed that more than 9,600 coal miner died if the disease between 1996 and 2005.