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Alpha Foundation awards $10M to 15 schools, United Steelworkers for US mine safety research
Reported by: Associated Press
Monday, September 30, 2013 9:28 AM EDT
Virginia Tech and West Virginia University are among the first group of winners of research grants for mine health and safety issues.
The foundation was formed under a $210 million settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources after the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster.
Sixteen research proposals won initial approval, and final budgets for them are now being discussed.
The only non-academic winner is the United Steelworkers. It will focus on hazards in metal and non-metal mines.
The other winners are the Colorado School of Mines, Northeastern University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the universities of Kentucky, Utah, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Connecticut.