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MSHA News Release: [09/07/2011]
Contact Name: Amy Louviere
Phone Number: (202) 693-9423
Release Number: 11-1316-NAT

US Labor Departmentís MSHA announces $8.44 million in mine health and safety training grants to 47 states and Navajo Nation

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that it has allocated $8,441,000 in health and safety training grants for fiscal year 2011.

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.

Funds have been awarded to 47 states and the Navajo Nation, which had to apply for the grants. 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, and also provides technical assistance.

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

"These grant awards continue a tradition of cooperation between MSHA and the states that can really contribute to the development of a strong safety culture in the mining community," said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "There are many different facets to creating a safe work environment, and training workers and supervisors is an important one."

Under these grants, in addition to health and safety training, some states offer training for mine operators specifically on compliance with health and safety standards, as well as training for miners on their rights under the law and for mine rescue teams on being prepared in the event of a mine emergency.

State summaries and contact information for program officials is available at http://www.msha.gov/training/states/states.asp.

Editor's note: A chart following this news release lists recipient states, along with the Navajo Nation, and the amount of each grant. Individual amounts have been rounded.


2011 MSHA State Grants

State

Amount

ALABAMA

$199,499

ALASKA

$51,092

ARIZONA

$287,287

ARKANSAS

$99,335

CALIFORNIA

$338,619

COLORADO

$210,406

CONNECTICUT

$54,094

FLORIDA

$171,509

GEORGIA

$192,841

IDAHO

$92,578

ILLINOIS

$219,948

INDIANA

$191,632

IOWA

$115,553

KANSAS

$83,067

KENTUCKY

$627,659

LOUISIANA

$81,643

MAINE

$55,719

MARYLAND

$57,843

MASSACHUSETTS

$65,651

MICHIGAN

$215,470

MINNESOTA

$273,858

MISSISSIPPI

$60,910

MISSOURI

$206,947

MONTANA

$137,460

NAVAJO NATION

$26,839

NEBRASKA

$66,623

NEVADA

$235,157

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$40,683

NEW JERSEY

$49,957

NEW MEXICO

$147,305

NEW YORK

$258,884

NORTH CAROLINA

$153,133

NORTH DAKOTA

$58,544

OHIO

$262,862

OKLAHOMA

$107,800

OREGON

$105,729

PENNSYLVANIA

$533,392

SOUTH CAROLINA

$65,831

SOUTH DAKOTA

$59,313

TENNESSEE

$139,864

TEXAS

$429,723

UTAH

$172,025

VERMONT

$70,482

VIRGINIA

$268,849

WASHINGTON

$148,423

WEST VIRGINIA

$563,256

WISCONSIN

$192,249

WYOMING

$193,457

Total

$8,441,000