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Lung Transplants Rise Amid Region’s Black Lung Epidemic

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The Appalachian coalfields are in the midst of an epidemic of severe black lung disease. The debilitating and even deadly disease has recently begun to affect miners as young as 30. Dust from coal mines has scarred these miners’ lungs, so little of the air they breathe gets absorbed. In central Appalachia, researchers say, one… Read More

Senate Approves Overturning FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal

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The Senate approved a resolution Wednesday to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rollback, dealing a symbolic blow to the FCC’s new rule that remains on track to take effect next month. As expected, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Me., joined Democrats in voting to overturn the FCC’s controversial decision. But two other Republicans — Sen…. Read More

Kentucky Regulators Agree Illegal Radioactive Waste Should Stay In Blue Ridge Landfill

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Radioactive waste illegally dumped in an Estill County landfill will likely stay in the ground after state regulators approved a corrective action plan last week. Rregulators agreed with operators of the Blue Ridge Landfill that keeping the radioactive waste in the ground is the best way to protect human health and the environment. And digging… Read More