The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Office of Congressional and government Affairs
At A Glance
: Monitoring and Sampling Approaches to Assess Underground Coal Mine Dust Exposures
Thu, Jun 28, 2018   1040 Longworth House Office Bldg. – 1:00 p.m.
Thu, Jun 28, 2018   via Conference Call – 3:00 p.m.


Division on Earth and Life Studies and Health and Medicine Division
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology
Board on Health Sciences Policy
Committee on the Study of the Control of Respirable Coal Mine Dust Exposure in Underground Mines
Congressional Briefings
Monitoring and Sampling Approaches to Assess 
Underground Coal Mine Dust Exposures
Requested by Congress in P.L. 114-113, this new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine compares the monitoring technologies and sampling protocols currently used or required by the United States, and in similarly industrialized countries for the control of respirable coal mine dust (RCMD) exposure in underground coal mines. This report assesses the effects of rock dust mixtures and their application on RCMD measurements, and the efficacy of current monitoring technologies and sampling approaches. It also offers science-based conclusions regarding optimal monitoring and sampling strategies to aid mine operators’ decision making related to reducing RCMD exposure to miners in underground coal mines.
These briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on June 28, 2018 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.