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MSHA News Release: [09/24/2009]
Contact Name: Amy Louviere
Phone Number: (202) 693-9423
Release Number: 09-1164-NAT

MSHA increases funding for state health and safety training grants

Training funds total more than $8.3 million in fiscal year 2009

ARLINGTON, Va. The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today announced it has allocated more than $8.3 million in health and safety training grants for fiscal year 2009, up from last year's distribution of $8.2 million.

"Comprehensive education and training for miners is a sound investment," said Dr. Gregory R. Wagner, MSHA's deputy assistant secretary for policy. "These grants will enable participating states to work toward a goal that we all share — ensuring every miner returns home safely at the end of every working shift. At the Department of Labor, our mantra is 'good jobs for everyone.' A good job is a safe job."

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.

Training grant funds are being awarded to 47 states* and the Navajo Nation. States applied for the grants, which are administered by state mine inspectors' offices, state departments of labor, and state-supported colleges and universities. Each recipient tailors the program to its miners' individual needs and provides technical assistance. The grants are given to states upon receipt and approval of their applications. Rhode Island and Connecticut received joint funding, as did Delaware and Pennsylvania.

The state grant program was authorized by the Coal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1969. States first received funding in 1971 to provide health and safety training to miners.

Editor's Note: A chart following this news release lists recipient states, along with the Navajo Nation, including the amount of each grant.

* Connecticut is being awarded one grant to conduct training for miners in that state as well as Rhode Island. Pennsylvania is being awarded one grant to conduct training for miners in that state as well as Delaware.


MSHA State Health and Safety Training Grants

State

Total

ALABAMA

$196,415

ALASKA

$50,302

ARIZONA

$282,846

ARKANSAS

$97,799

CALIFORNIA

$333,384

COLORADO

$207,153

CONNECTICUT

$53,258

FLORIDA

$168,858

GEORGIA

$189,860

IDAHO

$91,146

ILLINOIS

$216,548

INDIANA

$188,669

IOWA

$113,767

KANSAS

$81,783

KENTUCKY

$617,956

LOUISIANA

$80,381

MAINE

$54,858

MARYLAND

$56,949

MASSACHUSETTS

$64,636

MICHIGAN

$212,139

MINNESOTA

$269,624

MISSISSIPPI

$59,969

MISSOURI

$203,748

MONTANA

$135,335

NAVAJO NATION

$26,424

NEBRASKA

$65,593

NEVADA

$231,521

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$40,054

NEW JERSEY

$49,185

NEW MEXICO

$145,027

NEW YORK

$254,882

NORTH CAROLINA

$150,765

NORTH DAKOTA

$57,639

OHIO

$258,797

OKLAHOMA

$106,133

OREGON

$104,094

PENNSYLVANIA

$525,147

SOUTH CAROLINA

$64,814

SOUTH DAKOTA

$58,396

TENNESSEE

$137,702

TEXAS

$423,079

UTAH

$169,366

VERMONT

$69,393

VIRGINIA

$264,692

WASHINGTON

$146,128

WEST VIRGINIA

$554,548

WISCONSIN

$189,277

WYOMING

$190,466

Total

$8,310,504