Nichole Hannahs

Location Needed for Mine Training Simulator

by Nichole Hannahs on May 12, 2014 at 6:52 am

 The Ohio Department of Natural Resources needs a home for a new mine safety training simulator. 

In a press release Director James Zehringer said they’re accepting proposals from community and business leaders that have potential locations for the facility. 

When completed the training center will include a simulated underground coal mine, training rooms and space to hold federally required mine safety competitions.

ODNR requested that proposals for potential locations be submitted to the Department by Tuesday, July 15. They’re looking for approximately 10-15 acres of land. Proposal evaluations will be based on location, accessibility, cost, available utilities and development costs. 

$2 million in funding to build the new center was included in the capital budget recently signed by Governor Kasich.

Until the new facility is built, mine safety training courses will continue to be held at ODNR’s current mine safety facility in Cadiz.