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Arch Coal gives WVU $300K for mine safety research


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Arch Coal Inc. is donating $300,000 for mine safety research at West Virginia University.

The funds will be managed by the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources' Mining and Industrial Extension Department.

WVU said Thursday it will try to double the gift by seeking a matching grant from the state Research Trust Fund.

Chief Executive Steven Leer says St. Louis-based Arch appreciates WVU's work in educating a new generation of engineers.

WVU's Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies trained nearly 10,000 miners last year.

It offers certification courses for new miners and mine foremen, along with training in mine rescue, mine fire safety and emergency preparedness.

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