WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, today announced that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has acquired a site in Mace, W.Va., and will soon develop the new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Underground Mine Safety and Health Research Program facility.

The facility will support research programs focused on miner safety and health issues. Senator Capito secured funding for the project through the (FY) 2023 omnibus appropriations package.

“This is great news for our state, and will bring a state-of-the-art facility focused on the health and safety of our hardworking coal miners’ to Pocahontas and Randolph counties. This development will replace the former Lake Lynn Experimental Mine in Pennsylvania, and create an opportunity to conduct critical research and oversight that moves the mining industry forward, and keeps our coal miners safe. As the top Republican on the Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, I will continue to support efforts to not only enhance training capabilities and the safety of our miners – but do so in West Virginia – where their work and actions are so impactful,” Ranking Member Capito said.

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