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The deadly price coal miners pay to supply us with energy

Clip: 01/22/2019 | 8m 27s

For decades, coal miners have been inhaling silica dust on the job. The extremely fine particles, generated when the quartz-rich limestone surrounding coal seams is cut, lodge in the lungs, obstructing respiration. According to a Frontline/NPR report, both the industry and the government understood the hazard for decades but did little to contain it. Howard Berkes of NPR joins John Yang.

Aired: 01/22/19

Rating: NR

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