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Black Lung / West Virginia Legis. #444161

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 12, 1969
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(Studio) Doctors trying to get benefits from mine owners for coal miners who develop black lung. Bills considered in West Virginia legislature
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Charleston, West Virginia) Miners come to demonstrate for new law. New law says anyone with black lung disease caught it in mines; qualify for disability. [UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) George BURNETT - asserts black lung covered under existing law since 1949; no compensation ever paid.] [Coal Operators Association David E. JOHNSON - states not scientifically or medically correct to presume miner gets lung diseases in coal mines.] [Radiologist Dr. Leon CANDER - declares severe lung lesions might not be seen in X-ray.] [Lung Specialist Dr. Rowland BURNS - states many diseases go under label of black lung.] Mbr. asks Burns how much Coal Operators Association paid him to say that. [BURNS - says he hasn't been paid enough for what he does.] New law to provide for those who get disease in future.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker

Huntley, Chet;
Kiker, Douglas

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