WASHINGTON–Four companies in Mississippi and seven in TexasX-rayed citizens in their states for potential silicosis withoutbeing licensed to do so, according to witnesses appearing before aHouse subcommittee.

The testimony came during a hearing titled “The Silicosis Story:Mass Tort Screening and the Public Health,” being conducted by theOversight Subcommittee of the House Energy and CommerceCommittee.

Giving testimony were officials of the Departments of Health ofMississippi and Texas, in the third hearing on the issue conductedby the panel and its chairman, Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky.

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