The University of Minnesota is launching a study into taconite mining and lung disease, specifically mesothelioma. Taconite miners appear to suffer crippling lung diseases more than other people — including mesothelioma, which is associated with breathing asbestos fibers.
The Minnesota Department of Health confirms 58 former miners dead from mesothelioma. It’s a rare disease, but is almost always fatal. And it’s still not clear the miner’s exposure to asbestos or something very similar, came from work in the taconite mines.
Now, the University of Minnesota is launching a new study that will take about three years to complete. That sounds like a long time, but it’s also been a long time coming, according to Bob Bratulich, a district director with the United Steelworkers of America.
“There are people that are dying of mesothelioma. There are people that are going to continue to contract mesothelioma and other lung-related diseases,” he said. “But the fact of the matter is we’ve got to get the study right. It’s got to be done correctly, so that at the end of the study people are accepting of the fact that it is the right science and that it was done properly.”
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