Rule to curb miners' 'black lung' risks advances

The OMB reviews agency regulations before they are published. Critics of the reviews have slammed the process for taking too long and giving opponents of regulations opportunities to lobby the White House to weaken them.

Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerLobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner Overnight Tech: Senate panel to vote on Dem FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.), whose state is a major coal producer, recently criticized the rule's delay within the Labor Department and urged President Obama to personally intervene.

His early August letter to Obama cited NIOSH data showing that progress combating black lung disease has stopped and that the illness “continues to inflict great harm on our miners, their families and communities.”