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Comments on "Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis prevalence disparity between Australia and the United States."

Authors
Huang-X; Luo-Y; Luxbacher-K
Source
Min Eng 2013 Feb; 65(2):44-46
NIOSHTIC No.
20042013
Abstract
Despite a strong association between quartz content in mixed coal dust and the prevalence of coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP), as observed by Joy et al. (2012), increasing evidence demonstrates that bioavailable iron content in the coal is a likely causative compound that cannot be ignored. Instead of asking which compounds cause CWP, a more pragmatic question should be what compound(s) in the mixed coal dust prevents CWP from rising in the Western coal workers. Here we discuss the potential use of calcite as a protective agent to prevent CWP in the Appalachian coal field.
Keywords
Quartz-dust; Coal-dust; Dust-exposure; Dust-inhalation; Dusts; Dust-particles; Coal-workers; Coal-workers-pneumoconiosis; Biological-effects; Biological-material; Iron-compounds
CODEN
MIENAB
CAS No.
14808-60-7; 7439-89-6; 471-34-1
Publication Date
20130201
Document Type
Other
Email Address
Xi.Huang@nyumo.org
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B20130124
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0026-5187
NIOSH Division
OMSHR
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
NY; VA; WV
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