Mine safety advocate Tony Oppegard '80 was quoted in NPR criticizing a Republican amendment to block funding for a Labor Department effort to reduce the occurrence of
black lung, the disease that afflicts coal miners exposed to excessive
"Appalachian coal miners whose pickup trucks sport 'Friends of Coal'
stickers might ought to re-assess who their true friends are," says Tony
Oppegard, a former Kentucky and federal mine safety regulator now
representing coal miners in lawsuits against mining companies. "It's
certainly not Republicans who stand silent in the midst of a health
crisis," Oppegard adds. "Our nation needs fewer 'Friends of Coal' and
more 'Friends of Coal Miners'."