ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 05, 1969
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(Studio) Coal miners campaign for new state and federal mine safety regulations. West Virginia miners want law to reduce amount of coal dust in mines and want compensation for black lung disease.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Charleston, West Virginia) Coal miner Jim Wyatt sings about black lung. Miners demand new laws governing coal dust amts. in mines and compensation for those with disease. 4 bills introduced into West Virginia legislature for coal dust. [West Virginia Legis. Ervin QUEEN - thinks will have problems with legislature getting what you want.] [Representative Ken HECHLER - believes no compromise when talking of a human being.] Mine district representatives few in legislature Miners tell of breathing impairments because of black lung. [Heart Specialist Dr. I.E. BUFF - says need health law for black lung.] [West Virginia Coal Association President Paul MORTON - not asking for more legislature to create problems around mines.] Not probable law will be passed.
REPORTER: David Snell
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