Erica Peterson of WFPL has an interesting story up about a civil suit filed by a woman who says her anthracosis was caused by a coal preparation plant near her home.
In the complaint filed in Kentucky circuit court in Floyd County, Emma & LeRoy Burchett assert common-law actions arguing that dust from the preparation plant caused damage to Mrs. Burchett’s health and the Burchetts’ proprety.
As Peterson concludes:
If Burchett ultimately prevails in the case, this could set up numerous lawsuits around Appalachia if other non-coal miners are found to have black lung disease. Residents near coal processing plants, coal silos and coal mines have complained for years about coal dust and pollution, but have had limited luck in proving damages.