The U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration has awarded $10,537,000 in grant funding, including $187,226 to Eastern Iowa Community College District. 

The purpose of the grants is to reduce mining accidents, injuries and illnesses by supporting safety and health courses and other programs.

Grantees will use the funds 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, including miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand and gravel mining operations.

Grants were awarded based on applications from states, and are administered by state mine inspectors’ offices, state departments of labor, and state-supported colleges and universities.

The awards were made to 47 states, the Navajo Nation, Guam and Native Village of Barrow.

--Times staff

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