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Coal lobby fights black-lung disease tax as disease rates soar
The Black Lung Disability Trust Fund risks insolvency due to soaring debt and a slashing of coal-company contributions through a tax cut scheduled for the end of the year, according to a report the U.S. Government Accountability Office plans to publish soon, two sources briefed on it told Reuters.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674F1
June 01, 2018
Retired coal miner James Marcum, who has complicated black lung disease, stands for a chest x-ray at...
St. Charles, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Retired coal miner James Marcum, who has complicated black lung disease, stands for a chest x-ray at the Stone Mountain Health Services in St. Charles, Virginia, U.S., May 18, 2018. Marcum worked at a surface strip mine for 20-25 years, but has not yet been approved for benefits for his black lung disease. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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RTX674EX
June 01, 2018
Nurse Melissa Muse checks the blood pressure of retired coal miner James Marcum, who has complicated...
St. Charles, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Nurse Melissa Muse checks the blood pressure of retired coal miner James Marcum, who has complicated black lung disease, during an exam at the Stone Mountain Health Services in St. Charles, Virginia, U.S., May 18, 2018. Marcum worked at a surface strip mine for 20 to 25 years, but has not yet been approved for benefits for his black lung disease. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674F2
June 01, 2018
Radiological technician Mark Davis looks at the chest x-ray of retired coal miner James Marcum, who has...
St. Charles, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Radiological technician Mark Davis looks at the chest x-ray of retired coal miner James Marcum, who has complicated black lung disease, at the Stone Mountain Health Services in St. Charles, Virginia, U.S., May 18, 2018. According to Davis, there are no digital x-ray machines in the county, except at a veterinary clinic, so the x-ray film has to be sent to a radiologist to be read, adding weeks to the process of diagnosis. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674ES
June 01, 2018
Dr. Brandon Crum explains chest x-rays to former coal miner Wade Pauley, who has black lung disease after...
PIKEVILLE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Dr. Brandon Crum explains chest x-rays to former coal miner Wade Pauley, who has black lung disease after working 33 years underground in mines, at the United Medical Group in Pikeville, Kentucky, U.S., May 22, 2018. Dr. Crum, a fourth generation coal miner whose family members still mine coal, is the radiologist who first noticed the recent massive number of x-rays of complicated black lung in the region. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674EQ
June 01, 2018
Mist surrounds the Premier Elkhorn Coal Company mine in Myra, Kentucky, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brian...
MYRA, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Mist surrounds the Premier Elkhorn Coal Company mine in Myra, Kentucky, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674EM
June 01, 2018
A section of coal is exposed in the rock face lining a road in Partridge, Kentucky, U.S., May 20, 2018....
PARTRIDGE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
A section of coal is exposed in the rock face lining a road in Partridge, Kentucky, U.S., May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674EL
June 01, 2018
Former coal miner Don Pauley, who has black lung disease after working 33 years underground in mines,...
PIKEVILLE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Former coal miner Don Pauley, who has black lung disease after working 33 years underground in mines, waits between chest x-ray at United Medical Group in Pikeville, Kentucky, U.S., May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674EK
June 01, 2018
Retired coal miner Kennith Adams, who has complicated black lung disease and lives connected to an oxygen...
Princeton, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Retired coal miner Kennith Adams, who has complicated black lung disease and lives connected to an oxygen supply 24 hours per day, inhales medicine while his wife Tammie keeps him company, at their home in Princeton, West Virginia, U.S., May 17, 2018. Adams has re-applied after his first federal black lung disability application was denied despite his medical condition and the coal company he worked for claimed he never worked there. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674G0
June 01, 2018
Mist surrounds the Premier Elkhorn Coal Co mine in Myra, Kentucky, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brian...
MYRA, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Mist surrounds the Premier Elkhorn Coal Co mine in Myra, Kentucky, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674FX
June 01, 2018
A rainbow arcs over the road in coal country in Berwind, West Virginia, U.S., May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian...
BERWIND, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
A rainbow arcs over the road in coal country in Berwind, West Virginia, U.S., May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674FT
June 01, 2018
A boy pulls a wheelie on his bike in the coal mining town of Northfork, West Virginia, U.S., May 19,...
NORTHFORK, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
A boy pulls a wheelie on his bike in the coal mining town of Northfork, West Virginia, U.S., May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674FR
June 01, 2018
Cars pass the intersection of Coal Street and Main Street in Keystone, West Virginia, U.S., May 21, 2018....
KEYSTONE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Cars pass the intersection of Coal Street and Main Street in Keystone, West Virginia, U.S., May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674FQ
June 01, 2018
A Confederate battle flag is painted on the side of Hilton's Grocery and Deli in Hurley, Virginia, U.S.,...
HURLEY, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
A Confederate battle flag is painted on the side of Hilton's Grocery and Deli in Hurley, Virginia, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674FN
June 01, 2018
A woman orders refreshments during an auction at L & G Auction in North Tazewell, West Virginia, U.S.,...
NORTH TAZEWELL, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
A woman orders refreshments during an auction at L & G Auction in North Tazewell, West Virginia, U.S., May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674FM
June 01, 2018
Thirteen year-old Blaze Young rides his dirt bike through a puddle of mud on the land that was once the...
GOODWILL, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Thirteen year-old Blaze Young rides his dirt bike through a puddle of mud on the land that was once the Goodwill Coal and Coke company mine in Goodwill, West Virginia, U.S., May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674FL
June 01, 2018
Congregants gather for bible study at the coal company camp Calvary Baptist Church in Stonega, Virginia,...
STONEGA, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Congregants gather for bible study at the coal company camp Calvary Baptist Church in Stonega, Virginia, U.S., May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674FK
June 01, 2018
Retired coal miner Ruben Murphy, who worked for 26 years in the mines, waits to bid at L & G Auction...
NORTH TAZEWELL, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Retired coal miner Ruben Murphy, who worked for 26 years in the mines, waits to bid at L & G Auction in North Tazewell, West Virginia, U.S., May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674FJ
June 01, 2018
Auctioneer Michael Lambert takes bids during an auction at L & G Auction in North Tazewell, West Virginia,...
NORTH TAZEWELL, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Auctioneer Michael Lambert takes bids during an auction at L & G Auction in North Tazewell, West Virginia, U.S., May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674FI
June 01, 2018
A man golfs on a course built on the site of a former strip surface coal mine in Jenkins, Kentucky, U.S.,...
JENKINS, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
A man golfs on a course built on the site of a former strip surface coal mine in Jenkins, Kentucky, U.S., May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674FF
June 01, 2018
Congregants gather at Sunday services at the coal company camp Calvary Baptist Church in Stonega, Virginia,...
STONEGA, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Congregants gather at Sunday services at the coal company camp Calvary Baptist Church in Stonega, Virginia, U.S., May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674FD
June 01, 2018
The sign outside the Bethel Freewill Baptist Church reads "Coal Keeps the Lights On But God Has the Power"...
VIRGIE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
The sign outside the Bethel Freewill Baptist Church reads "Coal Keeps the Lights On But God Has the Power" in Virgie, Kentucky, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674FC
June 01, 2018
Pastor John Tull sings a hymn during Sunday services at the coal company camp Calvary Baptist Church...
STONEGA, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Pastor John Tull sings a hymn during Sunday services at the coal company camp Calvary Baptist Church in Stonega, Virginia, U.S., May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674F9
June 01, 2018
Clerk, Savannah Rose records bids at L & G Auction in North Tazewell, West Virginia, U.S., May 19, 2018....
NORTH TAZEWELL, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Clerk, Savannah Rose records bids at L & G Auction in North Tazewell, West Virginia, U.S., May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674F6
June 01, 2018
Dr. Brandon Crum (L) gathers information from former coal miner Don Pauley, who has black lung disease...
PIKEVILLE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Dr. Brandon Crum (L) gathers information from former coal miner Don Pauley, who has black lung disease after working 33 years underground in mines, at United Medical Group in Pikeville, Kentucky, U.S., May 22, 2018. Dr. Crum, a fourth generation coal miner whose family members still mine coal, is the radiologist who first noticed the massive number of x-rays of complicated black lung in the region. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674F5
June 01, 2018
Flames, steam and exhaust rise from the Suncoke Jewell coke making plant, which burns coal to make coke...
OAKWOOD, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Flames, steam and exhaust rise from the Suncoke Jewell coke making plant, which burns coal to make coke which is used to make steel, in Oakwood, Virginia, U.S., May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
USA-COAL/BLACKLUNG
RTX674F3
June 01, 2018
Binders and boxes store the large database of black lung cases and histories gathered by Dr. Brandon...
PIKEVILLE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Binders and boxes store the large database of black lung cases and histories gathered by Dr. Brandon Crum at United Medical Group in Pikeville, Kentucky, U.S., May 22, 2018. Dr. Crum, a fourth generation coal miner whose family members still mine coal, is the radiologist who first noticed the massive number of x-rays of complicated black lung in the region and his black lung disease database tracks variables such as which vein miners worked, and the type of job they did. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674EI
June 01, 2018
Retired coal miner Bethel Brock, who has complicated black lung disease and is a patient of the Stone...
APPALACHIA, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Retired coal miner Bethel Brock, who has complicated black lung disease and is a patient of the Stone Mountain Health Services, stands next to the abandoned facilities of the Roda mine owned by Westmoreland, one of the mines he worked for over 30 years, in Appalachia, Virginia, U.S., May 18, 2018. The outgoing director of the Stone Mountain Health Services, Ron Carson notes that miners who die in a mine collapse or explosion are honoured with memorials and tributes. "But the miners who contract black lung just get a tombstone and have to fight for their benefits." REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674EF
June 01, 2018
Former coal miner Paul Hylton, who has black lung disease, leaves after Sunday services at the coal company...
STONEGA, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Former coal miner Paul Hylton, who has black lung disease, leaves after Sunday services at the coal company camp Calvary Baptist Church in Stonega, Virginia, U.S., May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674E7
June 01, 2018
A man walks through downtown War, West Virginia, U.S., May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK...
War, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
A man walks through downtown War, West Virginia, U.S., May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674E3
June 01, 2018
Sports trophies remain in the window of the abandoned facilities of the Roda coal mine owned by Westmoreland...
APPALACHIA, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Sports trophies remain in the window of the abandoned facilities of the Roda coal mine owned by Westmoreland in Appalachia, Virginia, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674E0
June 01, 2018
Train cars filled with coal wait on the tracks outside Williamson, West Virginia, U.S., May 17, 2018....
WILLIAMSON, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Train cars filled with coal wait on the tracks outside Williamson, West Virginia, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674DV
June 01, 2018
A sign marks the entrance to the now derelict Beauty Rest Motel in Welch, West Virginia, U.S., May 19,...
WELCH, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
A sign marks the entrance to the now derelict Beauty Rest Motel in Welch, West Virginia, U.S., May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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RTX674DT
June 01, 2018
Coal camp company houses sit below the Lone Mountain Processing coal mine in St. Charles, Virginia, U.S.,...
St. Charles, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge
Coal camp company houses sit below the Lone Mountain Processing coal mine in St. Charles, Virginia, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "BLACK LUNG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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