The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health sent a mobile testing unit to a fire station in Wharton, W.Va., in 2012 to screen coal miners for black lung disease. Howard Berkes/NPR hide caption

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Spike In Black Lung Cases Strains Federal Benefits Program

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Branham wears reflective mining pants in his home in Elkhorn City, Ky. Branham has advanced stage black lung and was forced to quit mining earlier this year. Benny Becker/Ohio Valley ReSource hide caption

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Advanced Black Lung Cases Surge In Appalachia

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Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, is accused of thwarting mine safety enforcement and conspiring to violate mine safety law. Massey Energy owned the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, which exploded in 2010, killing 29. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Former CEO Indicted For Alleged Role In Deadly Mine Disaster

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Mine helmets and painted crosses at the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine, as a memorial to the 29 miners killed there. Jeff Gentner/AP hide caption

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At an April 25, 2010, service in Beckley, W. Va., for the 29 miners killed in the Upper Big Branch explosion, helmets — placed on crosses — were lined up in their honor. Jewel Samad /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Massey Mine Boss Charged In Deadly Coal Mine Explosion

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Mine Disaster Report Signals Safety Agency Failure

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Internal Probe, Criminal Charges Still Pending In W.Va. Mine Disaster

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