Beckley, W.Va. (AP) -- The Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is ready to unveil its new plan to reduce black lung disease.
The agency will hold the first of four public events on the plan Thursday in Beckley.
Other events are scheduled for later this month in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky.
MSHA director Joseph Main will be at the Beckley event along with medical experts and former coal miners battling the illness.
Although it's incurable, federal officials say black lung can be prevented by reducing dust levels in coal mines.
Black lung cases decreased for three decades in the U.S. but federal researchers have evidence the disease may be making a comeback in parts of West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
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