The funding awards, formally known as the Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants, received 12 applications from programs that hoped to receive a portion of the federal funds intended for the strengthening of education and training and underground coal operations. Of those applications, seven recipients were chosen:
College of Eastern Utah - $54,000 for mine emergency training;
Colorado Department of Reclamation, Mining & Safety - $53,000 for training materials for mine emergencies;
Pennsylvania State University - $135,000 for mine emergency training;
United Mine Workers of America Career Center - $73,000 for mine emergency training;
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy - $85,000 for mine emergency training;
Vincennes University of Indiana - $50,000 for mine emergency training; and
West Virginia Miners' Health, Safety & Training - $50,000 for training materials for mine emergencies.
"These grants will go a long way toward providing mine emergency training for coal miners," said MSHA head Richard Stickler.
"The program is a fitting tribute to the miners lost at both the Sago and Jim Walter No. 5 mines."
Agency spokeswoman Amy Louviere told International Longwall News the amount of future program funding was in the hands of federal regulators.
The grants will be given out annually and a special emphasis will be given to smaller operations, the agency said. In order to be considered, the applicants must be non-profit entities or states.
Each of MSHA's award bestowments for the Brookwood-Sago grants can total up to 10 recipients, each with a minimum of $50,000 tied in with a 12-month period of performance.