Navajo Nation, states get funding to promote mine safety

(AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) – Arizona, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation will share in millions of dollars being doled out by the federal government as part of an effort to curb mine-related accidents and illnesses.

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. It will be used for federally mandated training for those working at surface and underground coal and other mines as well as sand and gravel operations.

The Arizona State Mine Inspector’s Office was awarded more than $293,000. The Navajo Nation’s Minerals Department will receive $25,000, and the state of New Mexico will get more than $153,000. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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