Feds dole out grants for mine safety courses

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training will receive more than $524,000 in federal funds for training courses aimed at reducing mining accidents, injuries and illnesses.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration announced the grants Wednesday. MSHA has awarded $8.4 million in grants to 47 states and the Navajo Nation.

The funds will be used to provide federally mandated training at all coal, metal and nonmetal mines. MSHA says that includes miners engaged in shell dredging or working at surface stone, sand and gravel mining operations.

Some states also use the funding to support mine emergency response efforts.

In Kentucky, the state Energy and Environment Cabinet will receive a $508,000 grant and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will receive about $148,000.

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