Monday, May 12, 2014

ODNR-Oil & Gas plans mine safety training center in eastern Ohio

ODNR will also build a new mine safety training center in eastern Ohio, the agency announced  The capital budget included $2 million to build the new center, the agency said. When completed, it will include a simulated underground coal mine, training rooms and space to hold federally required mine safety competitions.  "It is our duty at ODNR to ensure that Ohio's dedicated miners have the training necessary to return home to their families at the end of each shift," Director Zehringer said. "We are committed to the safety of Ohio miners, and this new mine safety training center will ensure our miners have a safe facility in which to train."  ODNR requests proposals for potential locations for the new center be submitted to the department by July 15. The agency is looking for about 10-15 acres with enough space for a building to house classrooms, the new mine simulator and ample outdoor space to hold mine safety competitions. Proposals can include acreage with already constructed buildings or land suitable to build.

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