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Support Grows For Indiana to Develop a Simulated Mine for Safety Training

Top coal industry, utility and government leaders voiced support Friday for the development of Indiana’s first simulated coal mine to enhance safety training.

The discussions took place at a Coal Summit at Vincennes University, which would like to acquire a simulator for its mine training program.

VU is Indiana's designated recipient of federal grant funding from the Mine Safety and Health Administration to provide training and retraining of Indiana’s miners.

Currently Indiana does not have a simulated mine for safety training.

8th District U.S. Representative Larry Bucshon, who attended Friday’s summit, says he believes funding for the development of a simulated mine will come from a combination of federal, state, industry and VU dollars.