Last year, the Ohio Senate refused to require the coal industry to pay their fair share of oversight. Instead, Ohio’s coal industry has come up with a new proposal which the Ohio legislature has passed: to raid the state’s Black Lung Fund.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation manages this fund specifically to help individuals defray the costs of treating this debilitating disease caused by spending decades in a coal mine. Unfortunately, it now looks like this gap in Ohio’s budget will be plugged by black lung victims and their families, not by the coal mining companies. To read the article click here.