MSHA awards $8.4M in state grants in 47 states

MSHA awards $8.4M in state grants in 47 states

Funds provide U.S. mine workers with safety and health training

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has awarded $8,441,000 in grant funding to 47 states and the Navajo Nation to reduce mining accidents, injuries and illnesses by supporting safety and health training courses and other programs.

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, including miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand and gravel mining operations.

Grants were awarded in fiscal year 2015 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.

“Training of our nation’s miners is critical to miners’ safety and health, and thousands of miners receive training through these state grants,” 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’s grants programs have 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 Mine Act functions.

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

MSHA FY 2015 State Grant Awards

State Grantee City Amount
Alabama Bevill State Community College Sumiton

$204,244.79

Alaska University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks

$91,334.69

Arizona Arizona State Mine Inspector Phoenix

$290,210.69

Arkansas Arkansas Department of Labor Little Rock

$104,926.56

California California Department of Industrial Relations Chico

$290,215.70

Colorado Colorado Department of Natural Resources Denver

$204,481.31

Connecticut Central Connecticut State University New Britain

$57,494.34

Florida Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee

$130,239.18

Georgia Technical College System of Georgia Atlanta

$154,593.69

Idaho North Idaho College Post Falls

$110,877.63

Illinois Illinois Department of Natural Resources Springfield

$209,016.28

Indiana Vincennes University Vincennes

$200,665.93

Iowa Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Davenport

$146,098.02

Kansas Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson

$93,653.79

Kentucky Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Frankfort

$543,314.84

Louisiana Northshore Technical Community College Greensburg

$81,798.74

Maine Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards Augusta

$76,609.33

Maryland Maryland Department of the Environment La Plata

$53,666.92

Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards Boston

$67,424.15

Michigan Michigan Technological University Houghton

$196,592.98

Minnesota Minnesota State Colleges & Universities St. Paul

$275,951.36

Mississippi Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Jackson

$46,760.75

Missouri Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations Jefferson City

$202,845.72

Montana Montana Department of Labor & Industry Helena

$150,000

Navajo Nation Minerals Department Window Rock

$25,055.05

Nebraska Board of Regents, University of Nebraska Kearney

$67,115.47

Nevada Nevada Department of Business and Industry Carson City

$270,828.10

New Hampshire New Hampshire Department of Resources & Economic Development Concord

$47,949.36

New Jersey New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Trenton

$43,139.79

New Mexico New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Socorro

$154,120.65

New York New York State Department of Labor Albany

$249,541.32

North Carolina North Carolina Department of Labor Raleigh

$141,099.04

North Dakota North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education Bismarck

$90,524.91

Ohio Ohio Department of Natural Resources Columbus

$231,577.85

Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Mines Oklahoma City

$125,016.70

Oregon Eastern Oregon University La Grande

$111,260.48

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Bureau of Mine Safety Uniontown

$530,290.21

South Carolina South Carolina State Board for Technical & Comprehensive Education Columbia

$57,065.41

South Dakota South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Rapid City

$68,903.40

Tennessee Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Nashville

$148,451.19

Texas University of Texas at Austin Austin

$457,025.23

Utah Utah State University Eastern Price

$183,905.10

Vermont Vermont Department of Labor Montpelier

$73,564.64

Virginia Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Big Stone Gap

$229,449.17

Washington Eastern Washington University Cheney

$135,853.51

West Virginia West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training Charleston

$538,687.67

Wisconsin Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Madison

$241,852.44

Wyoming Northern Wyoming Community College District Gillette

$235,705.92

Total $8,441,000.00

 

MSHA News Release: [09/30/2015]
Contact Name: Amy Louviere
Phone Number: (202) 693-9423
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