A proposed mine safety test facility to be located in Mace, WV, straddling the Pocahontas-Randolph county line, has been approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), despite strong opposition over environmental issues from conservation groups in WV, local residents and the nearby Snowshoe Mountain Resort.  The NIOSH decision was announced in an October 27 Federal Register Notice.

The test mine is to replace a facility located in Fayette County, PA and is to support research programs focused on miner health and safety issues. Opponents of the proposed facility, which included several ABRA members with interests in the area, expressed concerns about its impact on groundwater.

For more information, click here for a Charleston Gazette-Mail story.

WV mine safety site gets O.K., despite environmental concerns
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