Toxic silica dust mining restrictions approved by Biden administration

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The Biden administration agreed Tuesday to limit workers’ exposure to toxic silica dust, a common byproduct in U.S. mining operations.

The federal rule will reduce the allowable level of silica dust when workers drill for coal and other ores. The public health impact of the new rule is promising: It would avert an estimated 1,067 deaths and 3,746 silica-related illnesses, according to a Labor Department news release.

Chris Williamson, assistant secretary for the Mine Safety and Health Administration, said in a statement, the silica dust restriction “has been a long time in the making, and the nation’s miners deserve its health protections.”

“No miner should ever have to sacrifice their health or lungs to provide for their family,” he said.

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