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US Department of Labor Awards More Than $10.5 Million


September 29, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration has awarded more than $10.5 million in grants to reduce mining accidents, injuries and illnesses by supporting programs such as safety and health courses. 

The agency is awarding the grants to support the delivery of federally mandated training and re-training for miners at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, as well as miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand and gravel mining operations. MSHA is awarding grants in 43 states and the Navajo Nation, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

“Training is a critical element in protecting the safety and health of our nation’s miners,” said Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Christopher J. Williamson. “Deficiencies in miner training continue to be a root cause of fatal accidents. These grants fund programs and training designed to reduce mining accidents, injuries and illnesses.”

States and territories apply for grant funding, which is administered by state mine inspectors’ offices, state departments of labor and state-supported colleges and universities. Recipients tailor their training programs to address their area’s mining conditions and hazards miners may encounter.

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The recipients of MSHA State Grants are as follows: 

Recipient City State/Territory Award
Bevill State Community College Sumiton AL $237,493
University of Alaska at Fairbanks Soldotna AK $150,483
Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing Little Rock AR $132,754
Arizona State Mine Inspector’s Office Phoenix AZ $426,502
Navajo Nation Minerals Department Window Rock AZ $36,112
California Department of Industrial Relations San Bernardino CA $120,000
Colorado Department of Natural Resources Denver CO $262,207
Central Connecticut State University New Britain CT $93,048
Tallahassee Community College Havana FL $195,297
Technical College System of Georgia Sandersville GA $217,888
Guam Department of Public Health & Social Services Hagatna GU $14,444
Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport IA $196,798
North Idaho College Post Falls ID $164,011
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Springfield IL $257,665
Vincennes University Ft. Branch IN $255,619
Hutchinson Community College & Area Vocational School Hutchinson KS $137,664
Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet Frankfort KY $357,679
Northshore Technical Community College Greensburg LA $114,225
Maryland Center for Environmental Training La Plata MD $72,041
Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards Boston MA $106,937
Maine Department of Labor Augusta ME $117,104
Michigan Technological University Houghton MI $271,534
Minnesota State Colleges & Universities St Paul MN $401,078
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Jackson MS $28,778
Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations Jefferson City MO $289,315
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Saipan MP $14,444
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Helena MT $215,678
University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney NE $94,479
Nevada Division of Industrial Relations Carson City NV $421,064
New Hampshire Department of Business & Economic Affairs Concord NH $83,104
New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development Trenton NJ $69,991
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology Socorro NM $182,800
New York Department of Labor Albany NY $345,816
North Carolina Department of Labor Raleigh NC $188,630
North Dakota Department of Career & Technical Education Bismarck ND $115,753
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Columbus OH $244,051
Oklahoma Department of Mines Wilburton OK $184,414
Eastern Oregon University La Grande OR $174,956
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection New Stanton PA $590,454
Tri-County Technical College Pendleton SC $100,792
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Rapid City SD $100,237
Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Caryville TN $209,761
University of Texas at Austin Austin TX $726,741
Utah State University Price UT $267,579
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy Big Stone Gap VA $246,818
Vermont Department of Labor Montpelier VT $114,616
Northcentral Technical College District Wausau WI $364,830
West Virginia Office of Miners Health Safety & Training Charleston WV $516,841
Gillette Community College District Gillette WY $306,475
Total     $10,537,000