The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Letters to the Editor

February 14, 2014

Coal dust is dangerous

Coal dust is dangerous

Editor:

I grew up north of Catlin near Blue Lake and Deep Valley coal mines, along with six brothers. As the coal mines were bringing up coal, we breathed a lot of coal dust. We lived in a home with a coal-fired stoker furnace. The coal was dumped in a basement coal room, which created a lot of coal dust up in the house. The coal was put into a box with an auger to feed the furnace and sometimes it would get clogged so the smoke and dust would fill the house. It was not unusual to cough up dust and when you blew your nose you got out plenty of coal dust. As a result of my exposure to coal dust, I have asthma and C.O.P.D.

I was a daddy’s girl and the hardest part was watching my dad die from Black Lung disease caused by coal dust. I stood and watched him cough up what the doctor called “coffee grounds” which is coal dust, blood, and small chunks of his lungs. I hope no one else has to go through this.

The wind around here blows mostly out of the west. The coal company wants to place the mine opening west of the school. They will not be able to keep all the dust down and our kids will be breathing some of that coal dust. They can wash the coal all they want but there will still be dust generated when they haul the coal away from the mine.

I, for one, do not want to take the chance of having our children and grandchilden exposed to this. Not even the smallest chance. How about you?

Peggy Myler

Sidell

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