MINE SAFETY MEETING Key Mine Safety Meeting Seeks To Determine How To Spend $48 Million
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 11, 2012 9:24 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 11, 2012 10:51 AM EDT
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A key mine safety meeting continued Thursday in Charleston.
The Alpha Foundation, created by the U.S. attorney’s settlement with the company that took over the Upper Big Branch Mine where 29 workers were killed in 2010, is trying to determine how to spend $48 million. The money must go for mine safety and health research.
The leaders of the foundation hope to spend that money in as little as six years on major research projects. Top health and safety experts are in Charleston for the two-day meeting that began Wednesday, although decisions are not expected before June.
The foundation funding is part of a $209 million settlement with Alpha Natural Resources that was worked out during the probe of the deadly mine accident in Raleigh County in 2010.
The foundation will work on industrywide issues, not just problems with Alpha and its former Massey Energy mines.