Mine safety rule on silica dust clears White House review

By Rob Hotakainen, Kevin Bogardus | 03/28/2024 04:24 PM EDT

The proposed rule meant to improve working conditions for miners was released last summer.

A coal miner measures the air flow in an underground coal mine.

A coal miner in 2016 measures the air flow in an underground coal mine less than 40 inches high in Welch, West Virginia. David Goldman/AP

The White House has concluded its review of a long-awaited rule that would impose stricter standards on silica dust, a carcinogen that causes black lung disease among coal miners.

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, part of the Office of Management and Budget, said it finished the review Wednesday.

The rule is slated to be finalized in April, according to the Biden administration’s latest regulatory agenda.


The Biden administration released the rule in June, when the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration said it wanted to ensure that miners have the same level of protection as workers in other industries.