Five grants totaling $400,000 have been awarded to help prevent unsafe working conditions in and around U.S. mines.
The U.S. Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration announced the funding through its Brookwood-Sago grant program. The program was established in 2006 in honor of 25 miners who died in 2001 in Brookwood, Ala., at the Jim Walter Resources No. 5 mine and in 2006 in Buckhannon, W. Va., at the Sago Mine.
The grant recipients include Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas; Penn State University in University Park, Pa.; the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers Inc. in Prosperity, Pa.; the University of Arizona in Tucson; and West Virginia University Research Corp. in Morgantown.