Meetings to highlight new technology that could make mining safer

Published August 15, 2007 12:58 pm

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Posted: 12:33 PM- An online discussion of available or prototype technology that might make the underground mining environment safer will take place from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at three Web sites - http://www.nttc.edu/minesafety" Target="_BLANK">http://www.nttc.edu/minesafety/, http://www.nttc.edu/minesafety/%22u" Target="_BLANK">http://www.nttc.edu/minesafety/%22u or http://www.coalimpoundment.org" Target="_BLANK">http://www.coalimpoundment.org.

The sessions are sponsored by Wheeling Jesuit University's National Technology Transfer Center, one of whose leading figures is Davitt McAteer, a longtime advocate of miner safety who served as head of the federal Mine Safety & Health Administration during the Clinton Administration.

"It's time to redouble our efforts to bring this technology to underground miners," said an e-mail Wednesday from the center. The session is geared to manufacturers but also is open to the public, it added.

This online session follows two symposiums sponsored by the center following last year's Sago and Aracoma Alma mine disasters.