Beckley, W.Va. (AP) -- The Mine Safety Technology Consortium is hosting a two-day forum in Beckley to showcase technological innovations and a new generation of miners.
The 2009 Miners Celebration also will focus on the history of West Virginia's mining industry.
Speakers will include West Virginia Miners' Health, Safety and Training Director Ron Wooten and State Department of Commerce Secretary Kelley Goes.
Discussions will focus on such topics as safety advancement, reforestation of reclaimed mine land and sustainable energy parks.
The Thursday-Friday event at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center is free and open to the public.
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