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MSHA adds Kentucky hearing on dust rules

The Obama administration has added another public hearing on the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s plan to “end black lung disease.”

In a Federal Register notice yesterday, MSHA published this list of public hearings:

— Dec. 7, 2010 National Mine Health and Safety Academy Beaver, W.Va.

— Jan. 11, 2011 Marriott Evansville Airport Evansville, Ind.

— Jan. 13, 2011 Sheraton Birmingham Birmingham, Ala.

— Jan. 25, 2011 Marriott Salt Lake City Salt Lake City, Utah

—  Feb. 8, 2011 The George Washington Hotel Washington, Pa.

—  Feb. 10, 2011 Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Prestonsburg, Ky.

—  Feb. 15, 2011 MSHA Headquarters Arlington, Va.

MSHA has added the hearing in Prestonsburg, Ky., apparently in response to concerns that the agency did not originally slot a hearing for Eastern Kentucky, where black lung is on the rise again.

The new schedule also changes the dates of hearings in Arlington, Va., and Washington, Pa.