U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration Announces $10.5 Million in State Grant Funding

News Release Posted [October 2, 2018]

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has awarded $10,537,000 in grant funding to support safety and health courses, and other programs. MSHA awarded grants to 46 states, the Navajo Nation, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Grantees will use the funds to provide miners with federally mandated training. The grants cover training and retraining of miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, including miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand, and gravel mining operations.

MSHA awarded grants based on applications from states, and they are administered by state mine inspectors’ offices, state departments of labor, and state-supported colleges and universities. Each recipient tailors the program to the needs of its mines and miners – including mining conditions and hazards miners may encounter – and provides technical assistance.

Under Section 503 of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, any state in which mining takes place may apply for the grant. MSHA may fund 80 percent of the activities under a state grant program, and the state must provide matching funds of no less than 20 percent of the total program costs.

 

Grant Recipient

City

State

Amount

Bevill State Community College

Sumiton

Alabama

$242,189

University of Alaska - Fairbanks

Fairbanks

Alaska

$133,462

Arizona State Mine Inspector

Phoenix

Arizona

$373,847

Arkansas Department of Labor

Little Rock

Arkansas

$126,932

California Department of Industrial Relations

Sacramento

California

$374,240

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Denver

Colorado

$263,566

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan

CNMI

$13,000

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain

Connecticut

$78,041

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee

Florida

$166,734

Oconee Fall Line Technical College

Atlanta

Georgia

$201,683

Guam Department of Labor

Tamuning

Guam

$13,000

North Idaho College

Post Falls

Idaho

$140,935

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Springfield

Illinois

$271,987

Vincennes University

Vincennes

Indiana

$260,397

Eastern Iowa Community College District

Davenport

Iowa

$184,836

Hutchinson Community College

Hutchinson

Kansas

$122,352

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

Frankfort

Kentucky

$529,102

Northshore Technical Community College

Greensburg

Louisiana

$111,268

Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards

Augusta

Maine

$117,104

Maryland Department of the Environment

La Plata

Maryland

$73,813

Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards

Boston

Massachusetts

$94,331

Michigan Technological University

Houghton

Michigan

$252,812

Minnesota State Colleges and University

St. Paul

Minnesota

$381,063

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality

Jackson

Mississippi

$46,118

Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Jefferson City

Missouri

$267,461

Montana Department of Labor and Industry

Helena

Montana

$218,737

Minerals Department

Window Rock

Navajo Nation

$29,000

Board of Regents, University of Nebraska

Kearney

Nebraska

$90,278

Nevada Department of Business and Industry

Carson City

Nevada

$381,009

New Hampshire Dept. of Resources & Economic Development

Concord

New Hampshire

$71,254

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Trenton

New Jersey

$59,167

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Socorro

New Mexico

$197,856

New York State Department of Labor

Albany

New York

$325,239

North Carolina Department of Labor

Raleigh

North Carolina

$180,161

North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education

Bismarck

North Dakota

$133,160

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Columbus

Ohio

$284,268

Oklahoma Department of Mines

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma

$165,332

Eastern Oregon University

La Grande

Oregon

$148,094

Pennsylvania Bureau of Mine Safety

Harrisburg

Pennsylvania

$647,460

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City

South Dakota

$93,656

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Nashville

Tennessee

$190,049

University of Texas at Austin

Austin

Texas

$631,175

Utah State University Eastern

Price

Utah

$227,914

Vermont Department of Labor

Montpelier

Vermont

$106,355

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Big Stone Gap

Virginia

$278,029

Eastern Washington University

Cheney

Washington

$171,679

West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training

Charleston

West Virginia

$591,955

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

Madison

Wisconsin

$170,000

Northern Wyoming Community College District

Gillette

Wyoming

$304,900

Total

   

$10,537,000

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Media Contact: Amy Louviere, 202-693-9423, louviere.amy@dol.gov

Release Number: 18-1446-NAT