(KFVS) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration has awarded more than $8 million 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.
The money will be used 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. The grants were awarded based on applications from states.
Each recipient tailors the program to the needs of its mines and miners, including mining conditions and hazards miners might encounter, and provides technical assistance.
Three Heartland states will get money.
The Illinois Department of Resources will receive nearly $210,000; the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, just over $540,000; and Missouri's Department of Labor and Industrial Relations grant is for just over $200,000.
Authorized by the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, the state's grants programs have received money to provide safety and health training to miners since 1971.