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$8.4M awarded to provide safety and health training to miners in 47 states, Navajo Nation to reduce accidents, injuries and illnesses

News Release Posted [7/6/2016]

ARLINGTON, Va. – Forty-seven states and the Navajo Nation will receive a total of $8,441,000 in funds to support safety and health training courses and other programs to reduce mining accidents, injuries and illnesses, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today.

Grant recipients will use the funds to provide miners with federally mandated training. The awards 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 these fiscal year 2016 grants based on applications from states and other eligible entities. State mine inspectors’ offices, state departments of labor, and state-supported colleges and universities administer the grants. Each recipient tailors its program to the needs of its mines and miners – including mining conditions and hazards miners may encounter – and provides technical assistance.

“This funding will enable educational, governmental and industry organizations across the country to develop training resources and train miners in an effort to ensure they return home – safe and healthy – after every shift,” said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health.

Authorized by the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, the state grants program has received funds to provide safety and health training to miners since 1971.

In addition to safety and health training, some states use these grants to support their mine emergency response efforts and other statutory functions.

Editor’s note: A list of grantees follows this release.

 

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Media Contact:

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

Release Number: 16-1435-NAT

State

Grantee

City

Amount

Alabama

Bevill State Community College

Sumiton

$199,932

Alaska

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks

$95,650

Arizona

Arizona State Mine Inspector

Phoenix

$293,879

Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Labor

Little Rock

$105,621

California

California Department of Industrial Relations

Chico

$287,950

Colorado

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Denver

$206,603

Connecticut

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain

$57,467

Florida

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee

$127,069

Georgia

Technical College System of Georgia

Atlanta

$153,671

Idaho

North Idaho College

Post Falls

$108,845

Illinois

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Springfield

$210,021

Indiana

Vincennes University

Vincennes

$201,931

Iowa

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges

Davenport

$146,957

Kansas

Hutchinson Community College

Hutchinson

$92,956

Kentucky

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

Frankfort

$508,207

Louisiana

Northshore Technical Community College

Greensburg

$82,629

Maine

Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards

Augusta

$80,285

Maryland

Maryland Department of the Environment

La Plata

$53,884

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards

Boston

$68,649

Michigan

Michigan Technological University

Houghton

$196,142

Minnesota

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

St. Paul

$289,468

Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality

Jackson

$46,426

Missouri

Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Jefferson City

$203,446

Montana

Montana Department of Labor and Industry

Helena

$150,000

Navajo Nation

Minerals Department

Window Rock

$25,000

Nebraska

Board of Regents, University of Nebraska

Kearney

$67,580

Nevada

Nevada Department of Business and Industry

Carson City

$278,998

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development

Concord

$49,875

New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Trenton

$42,905

New Mexico

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Socorro

$153,084

New York

New York State Department of Labor

Albany

$250,993

North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Labor

Raleigh

$139,849

North Dakota

North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education

Bismarck

$98,272

Ohio

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Columbus

$229,415

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Mines

Oklahoma City

$123,977

Oregon

Eastern Oregon University

La Grande

$110,616

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Bureau of Mine Safety

Uniontown

$528,394

South Carolina

South Carolina State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education

Columbia

$57,207

South Dakota

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City

$69,765

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Nashville

$148,474

Texas

University of Texas at Austin

Austin

$466,821

Utah

Utah State University Eastern

Price

$181,777

Vermont

Vermont Department of Labor

Montpelier

$75,279

Virginia

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Big Stone Gap

$227,574

Washington

Eastern Washington University

Cheney

$133,536

West Virginia

West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training

Charleston

$524,378

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

Madison

$251,295

Wyoming

Northern Wyoming Community College District

Gillette

$238,248

Total = $8,441,000.00