The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is offering grants to states and nonprofits to develop training for emergency preparedness and prevention in underground mines.
The agency announced Wednesday that up to 20 grants from the Brookwood-Sago grants program could be awarded to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines.
Grants will range from $50,000 to $250,000.
Applicants also can reapply for a renewal grant.
The deadline to apply is Aug. 31 and grants will be awarded on or before Sept. 30.
The grants are named after the 13 men who died in two explosions at the Jim Walter Resources mine in Brookwood, Ala., in 2001 and 12 men who died in an explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia in 2006.
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