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US Department of Labor announces $10.5M in state grant funding to support mine safety, health throughout the nation

News Release Posted: [September 29, 2021]

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has awarded $10,537,000 in grant funding to support safety and health training, and other programs. MSHA awarded grants to 46 states, the Navajo Nation 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. This includes miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand, and gravel mining operations.

“These state grants help provide critical safety and health training for thousands of miners,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Jeannette J. Galanis. “MSHA is dedicated to keeping miners safe on the job, and this annual funding helps make sure miners across the country have access to proper safety training and resources.”

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. The state grants are formula grants authorized under Section 503 of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.

The grant recipients are as follows:
Recipient State Amount
Bevill State Community College Alabama $236,821
University of Alaska Alaska $142,249
Arizona State Mine Inspector Arizona $391,991
Navajo Nation Minerals Department Arizona $54,785
Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing Arkansas $128,278
Department of Industrial Relations California $379,933
Department of National Resources Colorado $262,949
Central Connecticut State University Connecticut $80,093
Tallahassee Community College Florida $181,183
Technical College System of Georgia Georgia $205,443
North Idaho College Idaho $143,378
Department of Natural Resources Illinois $271,733
Vincennes University Indiana $263,582
Eastern Iowa Community College District Iowa $187,028
Hutchinson Community College Kansas $128,783
Division of Mine Safety Kentucky $417,148
Northshore Technical Community College Louisiana $114,804
Department of Labor Maine $117,104
Department of the Environment Maryland $73,216
Department of Labor Standards Massachusetts $101,383
Michigan Technological University Michigan $255,137
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Minnesota $379,465
Department of Environmental Quality Mississippi $46,118
Department of Labor & Industrial Relations Missouri $275,709
Department of Labor & Industry Montana $213,341
University of Nebraska at Kearney Nebraska $93,256
Mine Safety & Training Section Nevada $400,325
Department of Business & Economic Affairs New Hampshire $76,777
Department of Labor and Workforce Development New Jersey $63,199
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology New Mexico $185,564
Department of Labor, Division of Safety New York $335,452
Department of Labor North Carolina $181,558
Department of Career and Technical Education North Dakota $120,220
Office of the Governor Northern Mariana Islands $21,991
Department of Natural Resources Ohio $260,854
Department of Mines Oklahoma $176,610
Eastern Oregon University Oregon $163,835
Department of Environmental Protection Pennsylvania $606,207
Tri-County Technical College South Carolina $86,803
School of Mines and Technology South Dakota $93,737
Department of Labor and Workforce Tennessee $196,389
University of Texas at Austin Texas $690,561
Utah State University Utah $244,919
Department of Labor Vermont $113,050
Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy Virginia $261,822
Eastern Washington University Washington $171,960
Office of Miners’ Health, Safety & Training West Virginia $529,191
Northcentral Technical College Wisconsin $98,473
Northern Wyoming Community College Wyoming $312,593


Agency: Mine Safety & Health Administration
Date: September 29, 2021
Release Number: 21-1780-NAT

Contact: Mandy McClure
Phone Number202-693-4675

Contact: Denisha Braxton
Phone Number202-693-5061