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MSHA News Release: [09/24/2009]
Contact: Amy Louviere
Phone: 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. "At the Department of Labor, our mantra is 'good jobs for everyone.' A good job is a safe job, and 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."

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.

See Chart

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