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Vincennes University has received a nearly $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The funding will support federally-mandated training and retraining for miners.
August 21, 2014
Arlington, Virginia -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today that it has allocated $8,348,423 in health and safety training grants for 46 states and the Navajo Nation in fiscal year 2014.
Grantees will use the funds to provide federally mandated training to miners. 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.
Grants were awarded 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 also provides technical assistance.
The state grants program was authorized by the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969. States first received funding to provide health and safety training to miners in 1971.
"These state grants support the safety and health mission contained in the Mine Act," said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "These federal funds will enable miners to better prepare for the task at hand and arm them with the proper knowledge to avoid accidents and injuries."
In addition to health and safety training, some states use these grants to support their mine emergency response efforts and other Mine Act functions.
Bevill State Community College
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Arizona State Mine Inspector
Arkansas Department of Labor
California Department of Industrial Relations
Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Central Connecticut State University
Tallahassee Community College
Technical College System of Georgia
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
Hutchinson Community College
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
Northshore Technical Community College
Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards
Maryland Department of the Environment
Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards
Michigan Technological University
Minnesota State Colleges & Universities
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations
Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Board of Regents, University of Nebraska
Nevada Department of Business and Industry
New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
New York State Department of Labor
North Carolina Department of Labor
North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Oklahoma Department of Mines
Eastern Oregon University
Pennsylvania Bureau of Mine Safety
South Carolina State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
University of Texas at Austin
Utah State University Eastern
Vermont Department of Labor
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
Big Stone Gap
Eastern Washington University
West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Northern Wyoming Community College District