MN Iron Range Miners’ Mesothelioma Study Finally Finds Funding

A study on the Iron Range miners who have fallen victim to mesothelioma has finally passed the Minnesota House of Representatives. Initially held up by a disagreement on where funding would come from, the Senate passed the bill Monday by unanimous vote. Funding to cover the $4.9 million research study will come from a state workers compensation fund.

Over the next five years, a research program conducted by the University of Minnesota will try to determine the why so many retired taconite miners contracted mesothelioma, a fatal form of cancer attributed to asbestos exposure. Whether the exposure occurs during mining of the ore or processing of the ore is a determination researchers hope to make in order to protect young miners.

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Last update: April 01, 2019. 03:30:08 pm.