Arizona’s mine inspector’s office has been awarded a grant to fund safety and skills training for miners.
The money comes from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and is aimed at reducing mining injuries, accidents and illnesses.
U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva announced the nearly $290,000 grant Wednesday. He says miners face increased risks of developing heart and lung conditions due to poor air quality, as well as hazardous noise levels and potentially fatal injuries.
The Democratic congressman says mining in a technically advanced country should not present a daily threat to a person’s welfare.