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MSHA News Release: [09/15/2009]
Contact: Amy Louviere
Phone: 202-693-9423
Release Number 09-1140-NAT


MSHA awards $500,000 in Brookwood-Sago mine safety grants

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today announced it has awarded $500,000 in grant funds to six organizations that provide education and training within the mining industry. The Brookwood-Sago grants program was established through a provision in the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006, and fiscal year 2009's funding will target the development and implementation of training and training materials for mine emergency preparedness and haulage safety.

"Although the training services of the six grant recipients will be targeted toward underground coal mines, MSHA opened up the application process this year to metal and nonmetal mines," said Dr. Gregory R. Wagner, MSHA's deputy assistant secretary for policy. "Ultimately, our goal is the same: To identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around all mines."

Here is a list of the six grant recipients: Training grants are awarded for a 12-month project performance period, and applicants must be states or nonprofit entities. The grants were named in remembrance of the 13 men who died in two explosions at the Jim Walter Resources #5 mine in Brookwood, Ala., in 2001 and 12 men who died in an explosion at the Sago Mine in Buchannon, W.Va., in 2006.

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